View 1 of Lot 87. The Binnenpoort, Culemborg.
View 1 of Lot 87. The Binnenpoort, Culemborg.
87

Cornelis Springer

The Binnenpoort, Culemborg

Estimate:

80,000 - 120,000 GBP

From an Important Private Collection

Cornelis Springer

Cornelis Springer

The Binnenpoort, Culemborg

The Binnenpoort, Culemborg

Estimate:

80,000 - 120,000 GBP

Lot sold:

138,600

GBP

From an Important Private Collection

Cornelis Springer

Dutch

1817 - 1891

The Binnenpoort, Culemborg


signed and dated C. Springer / 1865 lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 57 by 47cm., 22½ by 18½in.

Framed: 76 by 66cm., 30 by 26in.

J.D. Dryer, Brussels (acquired from the artist on 18 November 1865)
Sale: Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 20 May 1974, lot 96
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 21 July 1976, lot 184
Private collection, The Netherlands
Private collection, United Kingdom
Sale: Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 24 October 2001, lot 226
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
W. Laanstra, H.C. de Bruijn, Dr J.H.A. Ringeling, Cornelis Springer, Utrecht, 1984, p. 150, no. 65-11, catalogued & illustrated
W. Laanstra, Cornelis Springer. Geschilderde steden, Amsterdam, 1994, p. 61, illustrated

Cornelis Springer remains unchallenged as the leading Dutch painter of townscapes. Born into a family of carpenters and building contractors, he was gifted with a solid knowledge of architecture. His elder brother Hendrik Springer, a professional architect, taught him the principles of architectural drawing and perspective, which would tremendously benefit his skills as a painter of the urban landscape. After completing his studies at the Amsterdam Academy in 1835, Springer became a pupil of Kasparus Karsen, a well known painter of town views. Contrary to his teacher Karsen, who painted fantasised townscapes (so-called capriccio's), Springer strove for topographical accurate views, discovering that these were much more in demand.


The town of Culemborg with its richly decorated facades and famous city gate features prominently in the work of Springer. Six paintings are known, of which the present work is undoubtedly the most attractive. It depicts a view of the Binnenpoort, built in 1557 and one of the most picturesque spots in Culemborg. As ever, the artist depicts a lively figural scene with many people in animated conversation as they go about their day to day lives. The whole scene bathes in a warm sunlight, with a fascinating play of sunlit and shaded areas.