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Lambert Harmensz. Doomer
VIEW OF THE BELVEDERE AND HOENDERPOORT, NIJMEGEN
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Lambert Harmensz. Doomer
VIEW OF THE BELVEDERE AND HOENDERPOORT, NIJMEGEN
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Lambert Harmensz. Doomer
AMSTERDAM 1624 - 1700
VIEW OF THE BELVEDERE AND HOENDERPOORT, NIJMEGEN
Pen and brown ink and brown and grey wash;
bears numbering in grey ink, verso, top right: 187
226 by 346 mm
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Provenance

J.F. Ellinckhuizen,
his sale, Amsterdam, 16-17 April 1879, lot 10;
Karel Emil (Charles) Duits (1882-1969), London (L.533a),
by whose descendants sold, New York, Sotheby's, 23 January 2001, lot 266,
where purchased by the late owner

Exhibited

Leiden, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Rembrandt als Leermeester, 1956, no. 101

Literature

P. Sliepenbeek, Het Valkhof, Brügge 1961, reproduced p.34;
W. Schulz, Lambert Doomer, diss. Berlin 1972, pp. 48, 359, no. 264;
Idem, Lambert Doomer, Berlin 1974, pp. 20, 82, no. 183;
W. Sumowski, Drawings of the Rembrandt School, vol. 2, New York 1979, p. 852, under no. 397

Catalogue Note

Doomer's great series of large, topographical drawings, mainly depicting locations in France, Germany and his native Netherlands, constitute a distinctive chapter in 17th-century Dutch landscape art.  The artist's German journey postdated by nearly two decades his better known trip along the Loire valley and elsewhere in France.1 He appears to have travelled up the Rhine around 1663, making numerous drawings of what he saw on the way.   

In the 1670s, some years after his return to Amsterdam, he made quite a number of repetitions, versions and variants of those travel drawings, presumably for sale to collectors such as the famous Amsterdam merchant Laurens van der Hem, who assembled one of the greatest collections of topographical drawings and prints of its time.2  As Sumowski noted (see Literature), this grand and compositionally innovative depiction of the Belvedere at Nijmegen is one of these autograph versions; the corresponding 1663 travel drawing is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.3

Doomer's fine topographical drawings have been avidly collected, ever since the 17th century. Major groups, including another variant of the present composition, belonged to the Amsterdam collectors Jeronimus Tonneman and Cornelis Ploos van Amstel.  

1.  So fulsomely published by Stijn Alsteens and Hans Buijs, Paysages de France, dessinées par Lambert Doomer et les artistes hollandais et flamands des XVIeet XVIIesiècles, Paris 2008
2.  See Een wereldreiziger op Papier, De atlas van Laurens van der Hem (1621-1678), exhib. cat., Amsterdam, Paleis op de Dam, 1992
3.  Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, inv. RP-T-1888-A-1600; Sumowski, op. cit., no. 397

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