The Dam, Amsterdam

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Bathed in sunlight at the far side of Amsterdam’s central square is the city’s Town Hall, which has since been converted into the Koninklijk Paleis. Designed by the Dutch architect Jacob van Campen (1595-1657), it was built between 1648 and 1655. To the right is the sixteenth-century Nieuwe Kerk (or New Church) partly obscured by the Weigh-House, cast in shadow, which was later torn down.

This painting is first recorded at Dyrham Park in 1765, when it was put up for sale, but it may have been purchased in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century by William Blathwayt I(1649?–1717), who established the collection of Dutch pictures at Dyrham Park.

National Trust, Dyrham Park

near Bath


The Dam, Amsterdam


oil on canvas


H 84.5 x W 120.5 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased by Colnaghi for the National Trust from the sale of paintings from Dyrham Park at Sotheby's, 1956

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