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OLD MASTERS FROM THE VAN DEDEM COLLECTION

Jan de Beijer
AMSTERDAM, THE NIEUWE KERK AND THE BACK OF THE TOWN HALL (ROYAL PALACE) SEEN FROM THE NIEUWEZIJDS VOORBURGWAL
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
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OLD MASTERS FROM THE VAN DEDEM COLLECTION

Jan de Beijer
AMSTERDAM, THE NIEUWE KERK AND THE BACK OF THE TOWN HALL (ROYAL PALACE) SEEN FROM THE NIEUWEZIJDS VOORBURGWAL
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Jan de Beijer
AARAU 1703 - 1780 CLEVES
AMSTERDAM, THE NIEUWE KERK AND THE BACK OF THE TOWN HALL (ROYAL PALACE) SEEN FROM THE NIEUWEZIJDS VOORBURGWAL
bears signature and date lower right: .J. Ouwater. Fecit/1776 
oil on oak panel
42.7 x 57 cm.; 16 3/4  x 22 1/2  in.
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Provenance

W.J.R. Dreesmann, Amsterdam;
His sale, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller, 22–25 March 1960, lot 59 (as Isaak Ouwater) for 7.200 Florins;
With Gebr. Douwes, Amsterdam, March, 1997 (as Isaak Ouwater);
From whom purchased by Baron van Dedem.
 

Literature

W.J.R. Dreesmann, Verzameling Amsterdam W.J.R. Dreesmann, vol. I, The Hague 1942, p. 11, as Isaac Ouwater;
P.C. Sutton, Dutch & Flemish Paintings, The Collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, London 2002, pp. 182–83, cat. no. 39, reproduced (as Isaak Ouwater).

Catalogue Note

This painting has traditionally been attributed to Isaak Ouwater, presumably on the basis of its spurious signature. However, as Johan Bosch van Rosenthal has perceptively observed, this painting is not only closer in style to Jan de Beijer's paintings, but also corresponds closely with a watercolour drawing by Jan de Beijer of exactly the same view (fig. 1).1  

Jan de Beijer is best known for his numerous topographical drawings depicting sites all over The Netherlands. His paintings are many fewer but readily recognizable. Unlike his drawings, most of them are of views in Amsterdam, where he lived for several decades.  Of the group of painted Amsterdam views, three are in the Amsterdam Museum, dated 1758 to 1765. The watercolour in the Amsterdam archive has been dated to the 1750s, thus fitting well into the same group. The date on the painting may well have been altered like the signature.

Jan de Beijer’s view of the Nieuwe Kerk with the basis of the tower, the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal (so seen from the other side), dated 1759, also with provenance W.J.R. Dreesman, was last sold, Amsterdam, Christie's, 16 April 2002, lot 1219.

1 Pen and black ink and watercolour over pencil on paper, Stadsarchief Amsterdam, inv. no. 10097/010097010055. 

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