Antoine Andriessen
Amsterdam 1746-1813Amsterdam
A Couple admiring the Brederode Castle, peasants by a Hut in the Background

PROVENANCE: Sotheby's New York, 12th January 1994, lot 190.

Signed and dated 'A. Andriessen desin. Ad viv:/1776' (verso) Black chalk, watercolour, pen and black ink framing lines 245 x 336 mm. (9 5/8 x 13 in.)

The Brederode Castle, near Santpoort, Haarlem, was painted regularly by Dutch 17th Century artists, such as Meyndert Hobbema (1638-1709) (National Gallery, London) and Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael (1629/30-1682) (private collection). Brederode Castle is about 3 miles north of Haarlem and was built in the 13th Century and extensively ruined in 1573. The ruins and moat still exist today. A drawing of the same subject by Antoine, also signed and dated to the same year is currently on the art market1. Both drawings were probably drawn on the same sketching tour. The present watercolour, remarkable in its completeness and quality of execution, is in an excellent condition. Drs Lffler identified the subject of the present watercolour as well as the one with Sothebys.

Antoine worked with his brother Jurriaen, who was also his teacher, on decorative schemes for houses in Amsterdam, which included designs for wall hangings. In 1767 Antoine became a practising member of the Amsterdam Tekenacademie, where he was awarded three prizes.

1.Sothebys New York, 25 January 2002, lot 123.