An Imaginary View of Nijenrode Castle

Van der Heyden has combined a view of part of Utrecht Cathedral, at the left, with a depiction of Nijenrode Castle which is at Breukelen, about seven miles outside of the city.

Both the sacristy of the cathedral, which can be seen here, and the castle, were subsequently altered, but van der Heyden's view of the cathedral as it was in his day is largely accurate. The painter has, however, shown the sacristy as built of brick rather than stone.

Key facts

Artist dates
1637 - 1712
Full title
An Imaginary View of Nijenrode Castle and the Sacristy of Utrecht Cathedral
Date made
probably 1665-70
Medium and support
Oil on oak
52.9 x 41.4 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery