In early February of 1825, Holland experienced one of the most tragic floods in its history in the Provinces Noord-Holland, Gelderland, Overijssel, Drenthe and Friesland. Near Amsterdam, water destroyed a dyke and the houses behind it when the 'Stenen Beer' in the Waterlandse Dijk at Durgerdam gave way in the afternoon of 4 February. After the flood, more than 400 workmen set to repair the dyke. The present lot shows two floating cranes from which poles are driven into the ground below the water, creating the timbering that made repairs of the dyke possible. It was finished by 11 February.
Gerrit Lamberts, who worked and died in his native Amsterdam, was not a professional draughtsman, although a member of the Felix Meritis. Known mainly for his topographical drawings, not only of Amsterdam, he was also a poet. In 1824, he was appointed first supervisor of the printroom of the Rijksmuseum, then located in the 'Trippenhuis'. He had a keen interest in the city, on which he published a number of descriptions, and recorded many historical events, including executions, fires and buildings being demolished. A large number of his drawings from the Leonhardt Collection were sold in these Rooms, 20 November 1989, lots 256-88