(Emden 1630 – 1708 Amsterdam)
Ships on de IJ river (Amsterdam) off the Leeuwenberg jetty and the windmill ‘De Bok’
Oil on canvas: 64 x 77 cm
Signed with initials on the flag lower center: L.B.: Y
Indistinctly signed and dated on the barrel l.r: L Ba.h /1704
Provenance: United Kingdom, private collection
Cf.; a) Drawing by L. Backhuysen. In: G. Boerner 1982, with Blauwhoofd; b) Drawing by Paulus van Liender 1762, with Blauwhoofd; c) ATLAS DE STAD AMSTERDAM (I) TE AMSTERDAM MDCCLXXXIII (1783) t Y bij t BLAAUW-HOOFT TE AMSTERDAM 1762. Etching & engraving.
Built around 1610, the Leeuwenburg bulwark was often called ‘BLAUWHOOFD’ or Blue head because of the indistinctive blue colour of its stone. The Blauhoofd was one of the 26 bastions built around Amsterdam and used for the defense of the city until approximately 1850. The leeuwenburg bulwark was located on the northwest side of the IJ. Fire destroyed ‘ De Bok’ windmill, which stood on the bulwark, in 1879.
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