Aert Schouman

(Dutch, Dordrecht 1710–1792 The Hague)

View of the Castle of Vianen (Castle Batestein)

Drawing, 8.7 x 14.5 cm

Provenance: German Private Collection

Price: 1.500 €


Though he is most celebrated today for his extraordinary work as an artist of ornithological and zoological subject matters, Schouman was also a prolific documenter of landscape in his native Holland. The present drawing, which depicts a view of The Castel of Vianen, fits securely into a corpus of drawings Schouman produced on the same scale and in the same distinctive combination of media, examples of which are today housed in the collection of the Koninklijk Zeeuwsch Genootschap der Wetenschappen, Middelburg.

Castle Batestein (also called Batenstein ) is a castle disappeared from the Netherlands . It was built on the banks of the Lek in the small town of Vianen, then in the province of South Holland (now in the province of Utrecht ).

The castle was burned down in 1696 and then demolished. Remains only the Hofpoort (or castle gate ), which today is the connection between the Lekdijk (or Lek Dam ) (at this point Langendijk ) and the Voorstraat (the shopping street of the city).

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