• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5880

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    22 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 108

    William Logsdail (1859-1944)

    The Courtyard of the Plantin-Moretus House, Antwerp

    Price Realised  


    William Logsdail (1859-1944)
    The Courtyard of the Plantin-Moretus House, Antwerp
    signed 'W. Logsdail 1880-2' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    45½ x 37½ in. (114.2 x 95.2 cm.)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    In 1880 and 1881, William Logsdail submitted five views of Antwerp to the Royal Academy. The present picture would not appear to be amongst those exhibited, although it does depict a significant Antwerp landmark, the Plantin-Moretus House, site of the city's most significant printing business. Established in 1550 by Jan Plantin, the typographer's greatest work was the Biblia Regia and Biblia Polyglotta, published in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Syriac and Chaldaic, with appendices, and bound in eight folios. It has been described as the greatest work ever to have been produced in the Netherlands by one printer. After its publication Plantin was appointed arch-typographer to Philip II of Spain. On his death the business passed to his second
    daughter and her husband, Jan Moretus. Plantin's grandson Balthasar Moretus I, substantially remodelled the premises between 1620 and 1640 and gave the inner courtyard the facade, embellished with busts of his family, depicted here.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Anonymous Sale; Christie's, London, 7 November 1997, lot 190.


    London, Royal Academy, 1882, no. 1528.