19TH CENTURY VIEW OF AMSTERDAM
“Amsterdam“. View of Amsterdam with its Dam square, Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk (“new church”) and the Waag (“weigh house”). Aquatint engraving from 1814 made by Robert Bowyer in London. Coloured by a contemporary hand. Size (print) 22,5 x 32 cm.
This print comes from a series of European cities important at the end of the Napoleonic era, including Paris, Moscow, Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin.
Robert Bowyer (1758-1834) was a book and print vendor, publisher, and painter in London between 1783 and 1834 . Bowyer participated in exhibitions at the Royal Academy in 1782 and 1828 and the Free Society in 1828 . He was the water-colourist of king George III and miniature painter to the Queen from 1785 to 1805. He was well respected as a portraitist and painted the aristocracy and royal family, as well as heroes such as Lord Nelson. Both his paintings, as well as his engravings made after his paintings, are part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. One of his most famous publications was Hume’s History of England (1792-1806), containing engravings after famous artists. He also published work after artists such as Robert Smirke in which English battles are commemorated.
Still today one can see the Dam square, Palace and New Church as on this engraving. Only the weigh house no longer exists. Is was ordered by the French king ruling over the Netherlands, to be demolished as it obstructed his view.