Jan van Goyen, 'View on the Pellecussenpoort'

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Signature
Signed and dated 1643
Dimensions
64 x 73 cm
Literature

Never published before, included in the RKD archive Beck with number 655A
Also refer to H.U. Beck, Jan van Goyen II, Amsterdam, 1973.

Provenance

Marschall Spink Gallery London 1972
Exhibition Alan Jacobs gallery London 1977 (according to a note by Beck, not included in the catalogue)
Gallery … July 1977 (Beck archive indistinct)
London, Sotheby’s, 20-7-1984 lot 10 as Follower Jan van Goyen
Art dealer P. De Boer, March 1995 ?

This painting shows a fantastical view on the Pelecussenpoort in Utrecht. 

It is reminiscent of the Pelecussenpoort in Utrecht that was painted by Jan van Goyen at least 12 times between 1640 and 1655. In the seventeenth century this gate guarded the tow path along the river the Vecht on the north side of Utrecht in the direction of Oud Zuilen. Just as in the other paintings in which this characteristic tower plays a role, Van Goyen has placed the wall in an imaginary river landscape.   

The painting has not been published before. Hans Ulrich Beck (1930-2010) did accept it and included it in his archive that he bequeathed to the RKD with number 655A.

It is interesting to note that in the 18th century the painting was possibly twice the size it has now. The painting is cut trough on the left side. The river was separated and will possible re-appear some day. Luckily we know what the painting used to look like. A print by Van Bendorp, published in Beck II under number 1210a R( Radierungen nach verschollenen Gemälden) shows the painting in mirror image.

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