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pencil, pen and ink and watercolour, on paper
16 x 21 ¾ in (40.6 x 55.3 cm)
As with The Fish Market at Amsterdam, Rowlandson has taken really particular care with the topography and detail of this view. During the sixteenth century La Place de Mer became one of Antwerp’s most important thoroughfares, due to its proximity to the Stock Exchange. Both the Church of the Carmelites (on the left) and the cross were demolished in 1797 during the French occupation of the city. The street to the right is the Huidevettersstraat.
This watercolour was subsequently etched by Wright and Schultz and then published by R. Ackermann, 1 August 1797.
H.E. Ten Cate; Amsterdam, 20 December 1958, lot 99 (400 gns. to The Fine Art Society)
Exhibited Fine Art Society, London, November 1959
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, New York, 25 May 1984, lot 370
John Hayes, Rowlandson – watercolours and drawings, Phaidon Press, London, 1972, no. 91, p.155
An unsigned and undated version in the Victoria and Albert Museum
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