Van der Heck specialised in nostalgic antiquarian views of abbeys and castles. Several pendant views of the abbey and castle of Egmond are known, for instance those signed and dated 1638 in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; those dated 1655, sold, Sotheby's Monaco, 19 June 1994, lot 412; and a pair whose present whereabouts are unknown (see S. de Vries, op. cit., pp. 153-4, figs. 39a and 39b). In 1573 both the abbey and the castle were destroyed by the troops of William of Orange, who tried to prevent the buildings from being used by the Spaniards as military fortresses (see J. de Bruijn, "De Abdij van Egmond als opdrachtgeefster van kunstwerken in het begin van de 16e eeuw", Oud Holland, 1966). The sites being ruins, Van der Heck must have based his views on older prototypes; De Vries, loc. cit, suggests that the view of the castle by Gilles de Saen in the town hall, Zottegem, may have served as the prototype for Van der Heck.
For an impression of the ruined site of the castle as it was in the middle of the seventeenth century, see the drawing executed in circa 1646-7 by Roelant Roghman (1627-1692), now in the Teylers Museum, Haarlem (fig. 1).