View 1 of Lot 2. View of The Hague with Elegant Figures Promenading.
View 1 of Lot 2. View of The Hague with Elegant Figures Promenading.
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Dutch School, Late 16th Century

View of The Hague with Elegant Figures Promenading

Estimate:

7,000 - 9,000 GBP

Dutch School, Late 16th Century

Dutch School, Late 16th Century

View of The Hague with Elegant Figures Promenading

View of The Hague with Elegant Figures Promenading

Estimate:

7,000 - 9,000 GBP

Dutch School, Late 16th Century

View of The Hague with Elegant Figures Promenading


Gouache, within gold and red framing lines, on vellum laid down on card

unframed: 86 by 262 mm

framed: 395 by 553 mm

This appealing view of The Hague shows the ornamental lake known as the Hofvijver, as seen from the present-day Korte Vijverberg, and to the left the royal and governmental buildings of the Binnenhof. More than four centuries later, the view is largely the same today, with the important exception of the Mauritshuis, built only in 1636-41, which would become such a prominent feature to the left foreground of this view. 


One of the most spectacular gouaches of Hans Bol, executed in 1589, shows exactly the same view, though though populated with many more figures and boats and even a scene of the sport of 'Pulling the Goose.' That work, similar in format to this but roughly double the size, is in the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.1


1. See A van Suchtelen and A,K, Wheelock Jr., Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age, exh. cat., The Hague, Mauritshuis, and Washington, National Gallery of Art, 2008-9, pp. 96, 98, reproduced fig. 13.2