Auction 358 Prints & Drawings

(WAARDT, Christiaan van (?-?). Room with 35 citizen militiamen in the various uniforms of Patriot civic guards and civilian corps in the Netherlands in 1787). (Amst.?), no publisher (Houtgraaff?), n.d. Aquatint (after De Waardt?), printed on laid paper, augmented w. elements completely drawn by hand and also richly cold. by hand, partly heightened w. gold. 370 x 490 mm. (Margins trimmed close to plate edge, but in good condition).

When the Prussian troops reached the river De Vecht in 1787, Amsterdam was the last stronghold of the patriots. Here we see the officers of the armed militias and civilian corps from all over The Netherlands holding council of war around a map showing place names such as Utrecht, Westbroek and Loenen. On the back wall paintings of two putti (one holding the 'vrijheidshoed'), on the left a head with a trophy of weapons, on the right a head with a trophy of musical instruments. - Cf. Atlas v. Stolk 4844 mentioning a separately published letterpress broadside containing w. explanation. None of the 7 (!) variants described there however seems to correspond to this print. As far as we could determine this variant not in the collection of the Rijksmuseum. Rare.

€ 300

result € 800

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