(Dutch East Indies 1729 – 1784 Leyden)
“A view of the Muiderpoort, Amsterdam, in winter, with skaters on the
frozen Singelgracht and a horse-drawn carriage on the road”
Signed ‘J.Janson ƒ 1779’ lower right
Oil on panel, 29.4 x 35.8 cm.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, Mak van Waay, 18 November 1985, lot 57,
The view depicts the Muiderpoort after reconstructed in 1771, two
years after the dramatic collapse of the earlier building. The works were
supervised by the city’s architect Cornelis Krans, and the programme of
monumental sculpture was carried out by Antonie Ziezenis (see B.Bakker,
‘Amsterdam in de achttiende eeuw’, 1974, no.26). The summer version
of the subject was offered for sale at Christie’s Amsterdam, 6 May 1993,
lot 23, with illustration.
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