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 Leeuwenberg bulwark was often called ‘BLAUHOOFD’ or Blue head because of the indistinctive blue colour of its stone. Fire destroyed ‘ De Bok’ windmill, which stood on the bulwark, in 1879.