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The City Walls of Utrecht by the "Plompetoren"

A work made of pen and black ink, with brush and gray wash, on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pen and black ink, with brush and gray wash, on ivory laid paper.




Paulus van Liender
Dutch, 1731-1797

About this artwork

Delicately and fastidiously wrought, this view of the bend in a canal documents a specific place and time. Liender, who preferred topographical and architectural subjects throughout his career, drew this view of the Utrecht city walls with the Plompetoren (Hulking Tower) on several occasions. The knife-edge precision in varying the saturation of the ink and wash helps create the illusion of the glassy surface of the canal at the lower center of this drawing. Despite the care with which the structures and foliage are depicted, more than half of the drawn sheet is devoted to an ethereal description of light and air.


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Paul Liender


The City Walls of Utrecht by the "Plompetoren"


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Pen and black ink, with brush and gray wash, on ivory laid paper


Signed and dated recto, lower left, in pen and black ink: "Paul: v: Liender fac: 1763"; inscribed verso, lower center, in pen and brown ink: "de Plompetooren te Utrecht, N. 55"


21.4 × 32.5 cm (8 7/16 × 12 13/16 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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