View 1 of Lot 159. A landscape with the ruined castle of Egmond, a river beyond.
View 1 of Lot 159. A landscape with the ruined castle of Egmond, a river beyond.
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Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos

A landscape with the ruined castle of Egmond, a river beyond

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection

Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos

Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos

A landscape with the ruined castle of Egmond, a river beyond

A landscape with the ruined castle of Egmond, a river beyond

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection

Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos

Alkmaar 1606 - 1663 The Hague

A landscape with the ruined castle of Egmond, a river beyond


oil on canvas

unframed: 109.5 x 164.3 cm.; 43 1/8 x 64 3/4 in.

framed: 118.9 x 173.2 cm.; 46 7/8 x 68 1/4 in.

Acquired by a private collector, 1963;
By descent in the family until sold, London, Christie's, 8 July 2005, lot 35, where acquired by the present owner.

The ruins of Egmond Castle, known locally as 'Slot op den Hoef', were a great source of inspiration for Dutch and Flemish artists - they were drawn by Roelant Roghman and Jan van Kessel, engraved by Abraham Rademaker and painted by Jacob van Ruisdael and Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde, among others. The ruins depicted by Croos were the result of the devastation ordered by William I, Prince of Orange in 1573, who wanted to prevent the Spanish from capturing the strategic site. The ruins remained untouched, reminding onlookers of this event until they were sold and demolished between 1798 and 1832.


The attribution to Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos was confirmed by Dr Hans-Ulrich Beck on the basis of a transparency at the time of the 2005 sale, who pointed out that this is almost certainly the pendant to Ruins of the Abbey of Egmond at Buukerk, signed and dated 1659, in a private collection, Milan.1


1 See H-U. Beck, Kunstler Jan van Goyen, Doornspijk 1991, p. 94, cat. no. 215, reproduced fig. A67.