Brederode Castle in Santpoort is about three miles north of Haarlem. It was built in the 13th century and finally destroyed in 1573. The view is largely unchanged since Hobbema painted it; the ruins and moat still exist in much the same state, though restored. The figures, especially those in the left foreground, and the ducks, are by another artist, possibly Dirck Wijntrack (before 1625 - 1678).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1638 - 1709
Full title
The Ruins of Brederode Castle
Date made
1671
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
82 x 106 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG831
Location in Gallery