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The Excise House in Alkmaar Jacob van Ruisdael

Artist

Jacob van Ruisdael Haarlem, 1628/1629 – Amsterdam, 1682

Date mid-1650s
Object type drawing
Medium, technique black chalk, grey wash on paper
Dimensions

203 × 300 mm

Inventory number 1605
Collection Prints and Drawings
On view This artwork is not on display

In the 1650s Jacob van Ruisdael travelled around the Dutch-German border region, and also visited Alkmaar. This black chalk drawing is a souvenir of his journey. The artist has depicted the wooden bridge and the tower of the customs office from below in order to achieve a monumental effect. The steep roofs of the houses on the left and the sailing boats with their vertical and inclined masts remain subordinate in the background.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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