A Landscape with a View of Dordrecht

The roofs of Dordrecht, seen from the south, are visible on the skyline. In the centre are the Grote Kerk (Great Church) and the Vuilpoort (one of the town's water gates, demolished in 1864). These buildings also appear in three landscapes by Aelbert Cuyp in the National Gallery's Collection ('The Large Dort', 'The Small Dort' and 'The Maas at Dordrecht in a Storm'). On the right is the Groothoofdspoort (a watergate which still survives), also shown in 'Scene on the Ice outside Dordrecht' by Calraet and 'A View across a River near Dordrecht ''(?)' by Bakhuizen.

This picture once bore a false signature of Aelbert Cuyp but is probably by Willem van Drielenburgh; the remains of the signature support this attribution. Although van Drielenburgh is not recorded in Dordrecht before 1668, the painting was probably painted earlier, about 1655-60.

Key facts

Artist dates
1632 - after 1677
Full title
A Landscape with a View of Dordrecht
Date made
probably about 1655-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
113.5 x 195 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery