an Eighteenth-Century Dutch Painting
by William A. Blom, Research Curator
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l A. Staring, De Hollanders Thuis: Gezelschapstukken uit Drie
Eeuwen, 's-Gravenhage, 1956, p. 18.
2 There are drawings by Isaak Ouwater in the Gemeente Archief,
Amsterdam, and in the Gemeente Archief, Utrecht.
3 P. A. Scheen, Honderd Jaren van Nederlandsche Schilder - en
Tekenkunst: De Romantiek met Vooren Natijd (1750-1850), Den
Haag, 1946, p. 230. See also Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon
der bildenden Künstler, Leipzig, 1937, and A. von
Wurzbach, Niederliindisches Künstler-Lexikon, Vienna and Leipzig, 1910.
A painter named Jacob Ouwater was born in Zeeland and was active in
The Hague from 1750 to 1754. Later he lived in Middelburg and died
there in 1775. He painted landscapes and flowers. There seems to be
no relationship with Isaak Ouwater. See Scheen, op. cit., p.
4 It is signed lk Ouwater Fecit 1778 on the boat in the right
5 Rembrandt was buried in the West Church in 1669.
6 In Ouwater's painting the date is clearly visible on the façade
above the main entrance. This house was occupied by several
well-known merchants. It was demolished in 1918.
7 The West-Hall was built as a guard-house for the civic militia as
a result of pillage of a merchant's house in the neighbourhood. The
ground floor served as a meat-market. (In Ouwater's paintings two
sides of meat hang in the doorway over which a double flight of
steps leads to the guard-house above.) Since 1808 the building was
used as a weigh-house and was demolished in 1857. These details were
supplied by the Gemeentelijke Archiefdienst of Amsterdam.
8 The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Pictures and
Drawings, London, 1928, p. 132.
9 W. von Bode, Die Meister der Holländischer und Flämischen
Malerschulen Leipzig, 1958, p. 366 and note 2.
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