OLD MASTERS FROM THE VAN DEDEM COLLECTION
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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