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View of Amsterdam from the 'Leeuwen or Blauwe Bolwerk', seen from the South-West from the northern point of the city, on the right, a windmill, on the left, a stockade of the 'Nieuwe Waell' and the estuary of the river Y with vessels on it, in the centre, masts of shipping, and beyond to the right, the city with the Nieuwe Kerk and the towers of the Jan Roopoort and the Westerkerk
Pen and black ink with light brown wash and blue wash
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Height: 151 millimetres
Width: 28 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing was made during Hollar's visit to Amsterdam in 1634, as part of a tour of northern Germany and the Netherlands that the artist may have made at the instigation of Matthaeus Merian and/or Abraham Hogenberg. This view - taken, as Simon Turner noted, from the Blaeuwe (or Leeuwen) Bolwerck - was worked up from a sketch, without the windmill (De Bok) on the right, which is now in Hollar's sketch-book in the John Rylands Library, Manchester (fols 7v - 8r, Volrábová I.H/24). Amsterdam afforded Hollar the opportunity to familiarise himself first hand with the works of the Dutch masters, and the airiness and animation of this drawing are likely products of this encounter.
For another drawing from this visit, this time signed and dated, see 1862,0712.193.
Lit.: S. Turner, 'Hollar in Holland: Drawings from the artist's visit to the Dutch Republic in 1634', in Master Drawings 48 (2010), pp.82-84.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1963 Sep-Nov, Manchester CAG, Hollar, no.D27
1983 Jun-Aug, Prague, National Gallery, 'Wenceslaus Hollar', no. 12
1983, BM, 'Wencelaus Hollar', no. 25
2019-2020 22 Nov-23 Feb, Prague, Narodni Galerie, Wenceslaus Hollar
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