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Jan Ten Compe
(1713 – Amsterdam – 1761)

“View of the Spiegelstraat and the corner at the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam”

Oil on panel
35 x 41 cm
signed (lower left) 'J.T.Kompe f.'
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Notes

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 corner at the Spiegelstraat and the Keizersgracht. This part of the Keizersgracht housed some of the city’s most prominent citizens of Amsterdam. Furhtermore the Spiegelstraat would become the main Art district within the city with many important art galleries that are still present in the street.

Provenance

– P. Smit van Gelder Family, Antwerp, late 19th century;
– B.F.M. Mensing, Amsterdam, 1930’s;
– Private collection, The Netherlands.

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