The Coymanshouse


Engraving of the facade and floor plan of the Coymans house on Keizersgracht 177, after a design by Jacob van Campen (1596-1657), from the 1631 publication; Architectura moderna ofte bouwinge van onsen tyt]’, ‘Aen de E.E. Hooghe-Achtbare, Wyse ende seer Voorsienige Heeren, De Regeerende Heeren Borgemeesteren Dirck de Vlaming, Abraham Boom, Iacob de Graef, ende Geurt Dirckz Beuning. Mitsgaders de Eerentfeste Thesavrieren Anthoni Oetjens, out Burgemeester, Pieter Bas, out Schepen, Der VVijt-beroemde Koop-Stadt Amstelredam.’by Salomon Bray. ” The image is 27 x 16 cm, the sheet is 29 x 19 cm. The print is delivered in a passe partout. The print is in good condition.

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Jacob van Campen (Haarlem, 2 February 1596 – Amersfoort, 13 September 1657) was a Dutch architect and artist from the Golden Age. Jacob van Campen came from a wealthy noble family and spent his childhood in his hometown of Haarlem. Van Campen was Heer van Randenbroek, and started painting, especially as a pastime. In 1614 he became a member of the Saint Luke Guild. After a stay in Italy from 1617 to 1624, he returned to the Netherlands, where he combined the ideas of Andrea Palladio, Vincenzo Scamozzi and the classical architecture of Vitruvius with the indigenous brick construction. The result was Dutch classicism, a building style that had an international influence in addition to the Netherlands. Van Campen was friends with Constantijn Huygens, together they designed his new house. Van Campen had a lot of influence on Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, the designer of De Kleefse gardens and the Great Elector in Berlin, even after his death. Frederik Willem van Brandenburg wanted to own a book written by Van Campen at all costs. The town hall and city palace in Potsdam are based on the ideas of Van Campen. Van Campen worked as an architect, painter and designer of decoration programs, such as for the church organ in Alkmaar. His art also had an impact on sculpture. In his works he was assisted by Pieter Post, Daniël Stalpaert, Matthias Withoos, Philips Vingboons, Artus Quellinus, Tielman van Gameren and Rombout Verhulst. He may also have worked with Albert Eckhout. During the construction of the Amsterdam City Hall, the current Palace on Dam Square, Van Campen lived in the most expensive accommodation in the Kalverstraat and his digestions were correspondingly. Van Campen left with a fight in 1654, probably in connection with the design of the barrel vaults. Stalpaert won and ended the project – reportedly – with less attractive solutions. After a long career, Jacob van Campen died in 1657 near Amersfoort on the Randenbroek estate, which he had inherited from his mother. It was rebuilt by himself and decorated by Caesar van Everdingen. Van Campen was never married, but did have a son, Alexander Van Campen, who later, after the legacy, settled in Bloemendaal / Haarlem, where the rest of the family was born and raised. The sister of Jacob Van Campen, and any descendants, lived for a while in the country estate of his mother, the so-called Randenbroek.


Salomon de Bray (1597 – 11 May 1664) was a Dutch Golden Age painter and architect. De Bray was born in Amsterdam, but established himself in Haarlem before 1617, where he is registered as being a member of the schutterij that year in the St. Adrian’s cloveniers. He probably followed draftsmanship and painting lessons in the small academy started by Karel van Mander, Hendrick Goltzius and Cornelis van Haarlem, and where he married in 1625. He is registered as a pupil of Goltzius and Cornelis van Haarlem, but he probably started his training in Amsterdam with Jan Pynas, Nicolaes Moeyaert and Pieter Lastman. He painted history paintings, portraits and landscapes. As a Catholic he probably also made altar pieces for the Haarlem underground Catholic churches known as mission stations, or staties. He was a poet and member of the Chamber of rhetoric called “De Wijngaertranken”. One of his poems was set to music by his friend the composer Cornelis Padbrué. This is probably how he met his wife Anna, the sister of the painter Jan and the poet Jacob Westerbaen, who were also members of De Wijngaertrancken. They married in 1625.



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