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A Drawbridge in a Dutch Town

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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The everyday quality of this simple functional bridge may have particularly appealed to Jacob Maris, and he paints it without embellishment or narrative incident. He also made a watercolour of the same view in 1875, but in this oil painting he emphasises the bridge’s monumentality by increasing the distance between it and the row of houses on the right. He may also have changed the surrounding buildings – for example, by substantially reducing their height – to allow the bridge to stand out against the sky.

The National Gallery, London



about 1875


Oil on canvas


H 30.2 x W 22.7 cm

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Presented by J.C.J Drucker, 1910

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