E. Krelage; Hertzberger, Amsterdam, 30th March 1948.
Hans van Leeuwen.
Signed 'H Reekers' on a label attached to the drawing
Pencil, watercolour, pencil framing lines, fragmentary watermark C & I Honig
340 x 260 mm. (13 3/8 x 10 in.)
Hendrik Reekers was born on 21st September, 1815 in Haarlem. He was a pupil of his father, Johannes Reekers the Elder (1790-1858) and Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os (1782-1861). Hendrik attended the Haarlem Stadstekenschool (School of Drawing) from 1830 until 1834. He became a teacher himself in 1837. He worked in Haarlem most of the time, and went to Brussels for shorter or longer periods during the winters between 1841 and 1846, where the art dealer C.J. Nieuwenhuys used to sell a great deal of his works. He also visited Paris and Versailles. As well as painting, he also worked in watercolour and made lithographs. His pupils were his son, Johannes Reekers the Younger (1824-1895), Hendrik Jan Hein (1822-1866) and Jan Striening (1827-1903). Reekers died at the age of 38 on 15th May 1854.
Works by Hendrik Reekers were exhibited in The Hague and Amsterdam between 1832 (when he was 16) and 1852, and in London in 1847. He won a silver medal in 1841 in The Hague. He became a member of the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Academy of Visual Arts) in Amsterdam in 1843. Works by Hendrik Reekers are in the Museum Willet Holthuyre, Amsterdam, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Muse Pescatore in Luxembourg, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Cheltenham Art Gallery.