Scene in Rotterdam

Scene in Rotterdam, 1869
Pieter Dommershuijzen (1834-1928)
Oil on canvas
BORGM 00697
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Scene in Rotterdam

This view of Rotterdam is full of snapshots of everyday life: a woman hanging her washing out to dry, labourers carrying their wares and a shopkeeper selling vegetables. Looming over the urban scene of everyday life is the monumental tower of the church Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, also called the Great, or St. Lawrence Church.

Dommershuijzen was from the Netherlands, but he travelled and painted in America, Belgium, Britain and France. He painted town views, street, river and canal scenes, harbours and seascapes. Many of his subjects were painted at sunset to capture the changing effects of atmosphere and light.

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