The New Church at Delft with the Tomb of William the Silent

Hendrik Cornelisz van Vliet, 1667

WAG 1994.1

About this object

Van Vliet specialised in views of the interiors of Delft's two main churches, the Old and the New Church. The New Church housed the tomb of the assassinated Dutch hero William I of Orange ('the Silent) (1533 - 1584) who helped establish the independence of the Netherlands from Spanish rule.

Despite its apparent accuracy, this image has in fact been somewhat distorted. In reality one cannot view both the tomb of William the Silent as well as the view across the church choir.

A signature and the date 1667 were said to be legible in 1962; In 1995, they were no longer visible. This painting was lent to the Walker by the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys from 1962.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    The New Church at Delft with the Tomb of William of Orange
  • Artist(s)
    Hendrik Cornelisz van Vliet (Dutch, born:1611 or 1612, died:28 October 1675)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 127 cm x 85.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Interior view of a church with an open grave in foreground with shovels, soil and a skull beside it on the right. Three main pillars are visible, the middle one has two diamond shaped pictures on it, one beneath the other. Various people and a dog can be seen in the background on the left and a woman and child are sitting on a tomb close to the open grave.
  • Related people
    Liverpool Institute Educational Foundation (Previous owner); Liverpool Institute High School for Boys (Owner, previous owner); Liverpool Mechanics' Institution (Previous owner); Hendrik Cornelisz van Vliet (Artist/maker); Richard Vaughan Yates (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 11059; WAG Loan Number: Loan 25
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Wolfson Foundation in 1995
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 04
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


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Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: (signature and date (of 1667) were said to have been legible in 1962; now they are no longer visible)
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Object view = Fine Art
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