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Harbour Scene: View of the Leuvehaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery

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This is an example of the grisaille type of painting, monochrome pen and ink on a prepared ground, developed in the seventeenth century to imitate engraving and frequently used for maritime or architectural purposes. Adriaen Cornelis Salm is almost painstakingly correct, using the technique in the early eighteenth century, to show the Leuvenhaven in Rotterdam, looking towards the River Lek. On the right is the Witte Poort (white gate) built in 1659 and demolished in 1854. The Leuvenhaven is a good example of a sheltered Dutch merchants dock, lined by the gabled homes of merchants, their offices and warehouses.

Ferens Art Gallery

Kingston upon Hull




ink on panel


H 57.8 x W 81.6 cm

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purchased from Miss Page 1960

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front lower right 'A. Salm'


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