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 Dommelshuizen, Cornelis Christiaan (Dutch painter, 1842-1928) , The Harbour at Antwerp

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Title The Harbour at Antwerp
Collection Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth
Artist Dommelshuizen, Cornelis Christiaan (Dutch painter, 1842-1928)
Date 1872 (dated)
Signed yes
Description The Harbour, Antwerp is a fine example of by Cornelis Christian Dommelshuizen's work. The scene depicted is divided in two parts: to the left is the open harbour, and to the right, the quay where numerous ships are docked with their backs onto a street enclosed by tall traditional Dutch houses. The large building with a spire towering over the terrace of houses in the foreground, is the Dominican Church of Saint Paul's. Dommershuijzen treats the shipping scene on the left with a fluid style that recalls that of the seventeenth-century master Ludolf Bakhuizen (1630-1708), while his approach to depicting architecture is influenced by the Delft school. Animating the street scene are groups of figures seen at work on the dock. They recall the ‘genre' figures of Gabriel Metsu (1629-67). In this painting Dommershuijzen achieves a successful synthesis of styles from which ultimately he has created an original manner.
Current Accession Number BORGM 00698
Former Accession Number 793
Inscription front ll 'Chr. Dommershuizen 1872'
Subject townscape; place (Antwerp)
Measurements 61.0 x 76.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Miss Louisa Augusta Hartridge, 1939.
Notes Few secure details are known of the life of Cornelis Christiaan Dommelshuizen (also called Dommershuijzen or Dommersen). He was the younger brother of the painter Pieter Cornelis Dommershuijzen (or Dommersen; 1834-1908), with whom his works are often confused. The two brothers are thought to have moved from town to town together. The elder brother is recorded as having moved from Utrecht to Amsterdam by 1850 and from there, probably accompanied by his brother, to London in 1861, where he remained for the rest of his life. Paintings of Prague signed and dated 1869 by Cornelis Christiaan Dommershuijzen indicate he visited the Czech capital that year, while in 1901 he was in France where he painted Rouen cathedral.
Rights Owner Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth
Author Francesco Nevola



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