Townscape

Townscape
Artist:
Jan van der Heyden (Dutch, 1637-1712)
Date:
c. 1670
Medium:
Oil on panel 
Dimensions:
13-7/8 x 16-3/8 in. (35.2 x 41.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1982.1.2.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View
Description

Van der Heyden specialized in highly detailed architectural paintings. While many of his urban scenes are topographically accurate, others are fabrications that place identifiable buildings into invented settings, or renderings of architectural fantasies. Van der Heyden was active primarily in Amsterdam, where he took more than a pictorial interest in the city. He organized street lighting, was a member of the fire brigade and is said to have invented the fire hose.

Provenance:

Pieter van Winter (1745-1807), Amsterdam, by descent in 1807 to his daughter;
Anna Louisa Agatha (Annewies) van Loon-Van Winter (1793-1877), collection was sold at her death as a whole to a Rothschild consortium;
Gustav, Baron de Rothschild (1829-1911), Paris, to his brother;
Edmond James de Rothschild, Paris and Château Rothschild, to his daughter;
Miriam Caroline Alexandrine Rothschild, Château Rothschild, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine;
Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR no. R857; the reverse of the card notes recovered by Allied forces, Munich Central Collecting Point, inv. no. 218);
Restituted to the Rothschild family.
Max Wasserman, Paris, 1967.
[E.V. Thaw & Co., Inc., New York, 1982, to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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