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Choir of Pieterskerk, Leiden

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Choir of Pieterskerk, Leiden

17th century

Anthony van Borssum

Dutch, ca. 1630-1677

Pen, bistre, and watercolor on paper
14 9/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36.7 x 23.6 cm)
LeRoy M. Backus Collection
Provenance: William Mayor (died 1874) collection and estate, London, unknown date to possibly 1882; [possibly sale of Mayor collection, Sotheby’s, London, 17 March 1882]; John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929) collection, London, unknown date (possibly 1882) to 1912); [possibly sale of Heseltine collection, October 1912]; Henry Oppenheimer (1859-1932) collection and estate, London, 1912 to 1936; [sale of Oppenheimer collection, Christies, London, July 10-14, 1936, no. 313]; Schaeffer Galleries, New York, by 1940; Schaeffer Galleries-Pacific Coast Director LeRoy M. Backus (ca. 1880-1948) collection and estate, Seattle, by 1941 to 1952; bequest from Backus estate to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, January 1952
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryLondon, U.K., Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition of Dutch Art, 1450-1900, 1929. No. 555.

San Francisco, Calif., Golden Gate International Exposition, Master Drawings: An Exhibition of Drawings from American Museums and Private Collections, 1940. Text by Annemarie Henle. Cat. no. 93, p. 23, reproduced p. 59.

New York, Schaeffer Galleries, Master Drawings, 15th to the 19th Century, Apr. 1941.

San Francisco, Calif., California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1941.

Portland, Ore., Portland Art Museum, 1946.

New York, Schaeffer Galleries, The Backus Collection, Nov. 1948. Cat. no. 54.

Seattle, Wash., Seattle Art Museum, The Le Roy M. Backus Memorial Collection, 1952. Cat. no. 16, reproduced.

Minneapolis, Minn., Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Watercolors by the Masters: Durer to Cezane, May 1 - June 15, 1952.

Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Painted Papers: Watercolors from Durer to Present, 1962. Text by William Hesthal. Cat. no. 24 [as Saenredam].

Allentown, Pa., Allentown Art Museum, Seventeenth Century Painters of Haarlem, Apr. 2-June 13, 1965. P. 66, no. 73, reproduced (detail) p. 61 [as Saenredam].

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Old Master Drawings From the Seattle Art Museum Collection, Feb. 7 - Mar. 30, 1980 (Owensboro, Kentucky, Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, Aug. 30 - Oct. 4, 1981; Claremont, California, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Nov. 14 - Dec. 18, 1981; San Diego, California, San Diego Museum of Art, Jan. 1 - 30, 1982; El Paso, Texas, El Paso Museum of Art, Mar. 1 - Mar. 29, 1982; Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, May 8 - June 5, 1982; Baton Rouge, Louisiana Art and Science Center, June 27- July 23, 1982; Littleton, Colorado, Northern Colorado Gallery for the Arts, Arapaho Community College, Sept. 3 - Oct. 1, 1982). Text by Erna Mandowsky. Cat no. 27 [as “Probably School of Delft”], p. 20.
Published ReferencesHeseltine, J.P. Reproductions of Original Drawings in Colours from the Collection of J.P.H. Bushey, U.K.: 1903; no. 17 [as Pieter Jansz. Saenredam].

Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis. “Einige Betrachtungen über die Ausstellung, Holländischer Kunst in London.” Repertorium fur Kunstwissenschaft 50 (1929): pp. 134-146. 1929, pp. 141-142, no. 555 [not Saenredam, but by the same hand as two British Museum drawings (cat. nos. 52, 53)].

"Recent Additions to America's Public Collections." Art Digest (July 1952): p. 8, reproduced.

Houtzager, Maria Elisabeth. Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Pieter Jansz. Saenredam. Utrecht, Netherlands: Centraal Museum, 1961; p. 298, no. 235, pl. 225.

Vermet, B. M. “Het zeventiende eeuwse kerkinterieur bij Anthony van Borssom.” Leids Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 1 (1982): pp. 403-16. 1982, pp. 410-411, no. 6, fig. 6.

Davies, Alice I. Anthonie van Borssom (1630-1677): A Catalogue of His Drawings. Doornspijk: Davaco Publishers, 2014; cat. no. 4 (pp. 32- 33), pp. 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 62, 63.

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