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Hendrik Meijer (Amsterdam 1744-1789 London)

A view of Arnhem

signed and dated ‘Hk Meyer inv. et fecit 1787’ (verso)
8.7 x 11.7 cm

Bernardus de Bosch (II) (1742-1816), Amsterdam;
Philippus van der Schley, Amsterdam, 3-4 October 1817, Album F, lot 45
(sold together with lot 46, ‘Gezigt op de stad Arnhem en een winter-/ gezigt aan stads wallen; met dekverw; / ieder h. 3 3/8, br. 4 ½ d.’, to ‘De Lelij’ voor fl.18.10).

In this meticulously drawn sheet, Hendrik Meijer depicted the city of Arnhem with great precision; in the centre one can observe the Church of Saint Eusebius and just left of it the Church of Saint Walburg. The scene is enlivened by a couple looking at an elderly man passing by at right and it is executed in Meijer’s typically lively yet precise technique for which he was praised during his lifetime. Meijer became a member of the Tekenacademie in Amsterdam when he was 20 years old. In 1768 he left Amsterdam for Haarlem where he set up a wallpaper factory and director of the Tekenacademie. Around six years later made a journey to London with his fellow Haarlem citizen Wybrand Hendriks, who was director of the art collection at the Teylers Museum. While he returned to The Netherlands and settled in Leiden, he left for England again in 1789 where he stayed for the rest of his life.

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