Jan Henrik Verheyen
Utrecht 1778-1846 Utrecht
A View of Utrecht

PROVENANCE: With Evert Douwes; Private collection.

Signed with initials JV (centre), pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour

390 x 495 mm. (15 x 19 in.)


Jan Verheyen specialized in townscape scenes, but he did also paint landscapes and portraits. He was a student of the carriage and ornamental painter N. Osti of Utrecht. Verheyen was deeply influenced by the subjects and styles of the 17th century masters Jan van der Heyden and the Berkheyde brothers. His paintings are in the following public collections in the Rijksarchief and the Gemeentearchief en Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, amongst others.

Our drawing is either a recordo or a preparatory study for a painting of the same subject and view, which was on the market in 1980.1 [See Figure 1]. Our drawing is a characteristic watercolour by the artist and can be compared to others that have been on the mark including Imaginary view in a Dutch Town and A View in Utrecht, and others. 2

1.Anonymous sale, Sothebys London 18 June 1980, lot 5.

2.Anonymous sale, Sotheby Mak Van Waay, 14 November 1983, lot 41 and, Bonhams, Knightsbridge, March 19, 2013, lot 49, and A Capriccio view of Utrecht, Christies Amsterdam, 18 November 2008, lot 26.