Fair Scene in a Dutch Town

Christoffel Meijer, 1803 - 1804 probably

WAG 8170

About this object

Comparison with watercolours by Meijer in the collections of the Gemeentearchief, Rotterdam and the Atlas van Stalk Collection, Rotterdam confirm the Walker's watercolour is definitely by the artist.

'Fair Scene in a Dutch Town' is a fantasy composition combining features of two cities in the Netherlands. The main sqare in the view is based on Nieuwmarkt (translated as New market), a square in the centre of the Dutch capital Amsterdam. On the left of the square is the The Horse in the Cradle inn, in reality located in Rotterdam, the second city of the Netherlands. There are three similar views of Rotterdam inns by the artist. They all date from 1803 or 1804.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Christoffel Meijer (Dutch, born:1776, died:1813)
  • Date
    1803 - 1804 probably
  • Materials
    Pen; Ink; Grey wash; Paper
  • Measurements
    36 x 44.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A street view filled with people with a seating area on the left and crowds disappearing into the distance on the right. There are four small buildings with sloping roofs in front of a large central building, and two more buildings on the left and right framing the composition.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); Christoffel Meijer (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8170
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
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Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Wyn Bier Brandewyn en Gediste Leerd
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    Inscription location: Front; Image
  • Inscription text: C. Meyer
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    Inscription location: Front
  • Inscription text: 18, 83, ie / ie
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    Inscription location: Backboard
  • Inscription text: Fine Art Society, Oct. 1951
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backing
  • Inscription text: Schouburg
    Inscription method:
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    Inscription location: Front; Image
Object view = Fine Art
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