Goupil & Co., Paris, bought directly from the artist in April 1867 for Dfl. 450,-
Kunsthandel V. Spark, New York
Sale Amsterdam (Paul Brandt), 25 November 1969, lot 20
Kunsthandel P.A. Scheen, The Hague, 1971
Richard Green, London, 1994
Johan Gram, Elseviers Maandschrift XVII, volume 9, no. 3, p. 198
Pieter A. Scheen, Lexicon Nederlandse Beeldende Kunstenaars 1750-1880, The Hague 1981, ill. no. 106, illustrated in colour
W. Laanstra, H.C. de Bruijn, Dr. J.H.A. Ringeling, Cornelis Springer (1817-1891), Utrecht 1984, no. 67-6, illustrated full page in colour
With a label of authenitcity by the artist on the reverse, dated 29 April 1867
From the seventeenth century onwards, Dutch painting became famous for its detailed, picturesque town views. Originating in the work of Gerrit Berckheyde and Jan van der Heyden, the genre reached its highest degree of perfection in the magnificently detailed pictures of the nineteenth century artist Cornelis Springer. In his time, Springer's townscapes were so much in demand that he needed to draw up a waiting list that built up to at least two, three years. He was admired particularly for the masterful depiction of rich, ornate buildings and the lively staffage of his sunny town views.
Springer obviously benefited from the fact that he was raised in a family of carpenters and building contractors, mastering the principles of architectural drawing and perspective at an early age.
The present lot shows a street in Haarlem, close to the Walenkerk, with townsfolk doing their day to day activities. The masterful play of shaded and sunlit areas renders great depth to the scene. Springer painted this wonderfully composed work in 1867, at the height of his career.
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