Jan ten Compe was an 18th-century landscape painter from the Northern Netherlands. According to his biographer Jan van Gool, he was a follower of Jan van der Heyden and Gerrit Berckheyde. His works were in demand by wealthy patrons such as Mayor Rendorp of Amsterdam and Mr. De Groot of the Hague, where Van Gool saw his paintings of prominent buildings and landmarks of Rotterdam, Delft, the Hague, Leiden, Haarlem, and Amsterdam.
Jan Ten Compe from Amsterdam made many topographical drawings, but with his painted cityscapes he became by far the most famous. In his paintings he combines the fine detailing of the buildings with beautifully elaborated skies above. In this painting we see a view of the the Keizersgracht. This part of the Keizersgracht housed some of the city’s most prominent citizens of Amsterdam.
– P. Smit van Gelder Family, Antwerp, late 19th century;
– B.F.M. Mensing, Amsterdam, 1930’s;
– Private collection, The Netherlands.