16 January 2007
Cornelis Vreedenburgh (Dutch, 1880-1946)
A passenger ship moored near the Oostelijke Handelskade, Amsterdam
signed and dated 'C.Vreedenburgh.1924.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
81.5 x 127.5 cm.
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Sigrid Thomassen, Cornelis Vreedenburgh (1880-1946), Schilder van stad, land en water, Venlo 2000, pp. 78-79, ill., as: Afgemeerd schip in de haven.
The passenger ship in the present lot shows the colours black and yellow which are emblematic of the Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland. This Amsterdam based shipping company was founded in 1870 and mainly operated a paggenger and cargo service between the Indonesian colonies and The Netherlands. Until this time, most ships on this route were sailingvessels and the relatively late introduction of steamships was not always uncomplicated.
When the Noordzeekanaal opened in 1876 connecting Amsterdam to the North Sea, the heavy metal ships had much easier access to the North Sea. This resulted in the building of large warehouses along the Oostelijke Handelskade which can still be seen today.
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