Antique Pair Waterscape Oil Paintings by William Dommersen C1880
Antique Pair Waterscape Oil Paintings by William Dommersen C1880
Antique Pair Waterscape Oil Paintings by William Dommersen C1880
Antique Pair Waterscape Oil Paintings by William Dommersen C1880
Antique Pair Waterscape Oil Paintings by William Dommersen C1880
Antique Pair Waterscape Oil Paintings by William Dommersen C1880


Antique Pair Waterscape Oil Paintings by William Dommersen C1880

c. 1880 United Kingdom

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A beautiful pair of waterscape paintings of fishing boats by William Raymond Dommersen (British, 1859-1927) titled "On The River Maus", and "Schiedam on the Scheldt" signed front and verso, circa 1880.

This pair of sensitively painted waterscapes are of the town of Spaarndam in the North of Holland. The paintings have a captivating illuminating light with beautiful vibrant colours, they depict a busy waterway with fishing and sailing boats in the foreground and the town of Spaarndam in the back ground.

Spaarndam is a small village in the province of North Holland, the Netherlands, on the Scheldt and Maus rivers. The oldest part of the village, on the western side of the Spaarne, belongs to the municipality of Haarlem; the newer part on the eastern side is a part of the municipality of Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude.

Spaarndam was created around a dam where the river Spaarne flows into the IJ. This dam was built here by count Floris V of Holland in 1285. The village collected toll at this dam, and people made their living from fishing. From 1812 to 1927, the western part of Spaarndam was an independent municipality.

Spaarndam has always been strongly connected to water, besides the river and the fishing it is also famous because of the 1865 American novel by Hans Brinker, the Silver Skates. The story within the book is about a Dutch boy, "The Hero of Haarlem," who stuck his finger in a dyke to prevent the town from flooding. The story became a popular legend in America and in 1950 the local tourist bureau put a statue of this character in Spaarndam.

In one of the paintings you can see the beautiful 11th Century Spaarndam Old Church.

William Raymond Dommersen was a painter of genre and landscapes in and around Scotland and Northern England. His works are widely exhibited throughout the European and North American continents and are on show at many galleries worldwide.

The work of William Raymond Dommersen is now well known and acknowledged and cannot be said to be under estimated. William travelled quite extensively in Europe on painting expeditions with his father

Dommersen’s paintings have been much admired over a period of time and it is evident that he is now firmly established in the history of architectural painting as is refelected in the auction prices at Christies:

Nineth century European Art: 12 September 2007, London South Kensington, Lot 29 £4,750
The Arthur Ackermann and Peter Johnson Collection: 8 May 2008, London, South Kensington, Lot 42, £4,000
Old Masters and 19th Century Art 9 November 2010, Amsterdam, Lot 110 £5,250
Nineth century European Art: 28 April 2010, London South Kensington, Lot 221 £5,250

In really superb condition the paintings and frames having been beautifully cleaned, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 64 x Width 90 x Depth 5 - frame
Height 49 x Width 75 - painting

Dimensions in inches:
Height 25.2 x Width 35.4 x Depth 2.0 - frame
Height 19.3 x Width 29.5 - painting

William Raymond Dommersen was born at the end of 1859 in Stratford, West Ham, London as the only son of the Anglo / Dutch fine art painter Pieter Cornelis Dommersen and Anna Petronella Synja. His parents had moved from the Netherlands in 1855 to London, England. His uncle, Cornelis Christiaan Dommersen, was also a painter in the Netherlands. It is possible that when his father received British nationality that they changed their family name – van Dommershuijsen – into the more English sounding surname Dommersen.

Dommersen painted between 1875 and 1927 genre pieces, landscapes, marine scenes, village- and town-scenes of quality. His best known works are the European villages and towns along rivers and canals. He painted mostly in the Netherlands and England but visited also, often with his father and uncle, Belgium, France and Italy. His work such as view on the Canal Grande in Venice, river views in the Thames and Windsor Castle are well known. At some stage he lived in Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent, which was strategically placed for his travels to Europe. Whilst living in Royal Tunbridge Wells he painted The Pantiles there. Dommersen died in 1927 in London.

Our reference: 08539
Height 64.00 cm (25.20 inches)
Width 90.00 cm (35.43 inches)
Depth 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
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