A LOW COUNTRIES CHURCH & TOWN VIEW
Pen and grey ink and black ink and watercolour
Bears inscription in black chalk verso Gezicht in Utrecht
27.5 x 37.5 cm
Anonymous Sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 12.11.1996, Lot 134
Dr A. Wieg Fine Art, Amsterdam
Personal Collection of Andris & Julia Wieg, Delft
Theodore (known as Dirk) Verrijk born the son of the artist Abraham Verrijk, in Haarlem in the North of today's Netherlands. Verrijk was a decorative painter, draftsman, and copyist and was active primarily between c.1760-1770. He is best-known for his highly distinctive topographical landscape views which record the rural localities Verrijk must have passed through during his career.
Around 1761, Dirk had been working as an independent and itinerant topographical draftsman. He worked in Mechelen (in c.1769), recorded scenes from Brussels to Paris (where he had been living prior to 1768), and also worked on occasion in the Austrian (Southern) Netherlands. His sketchbooks and detailed drawings show landscapes and buildings in areas in or around Gelderland, Overijssel, Brabant, Utrecht, Zeeland. He was also known as a decorative painter of interiors, painting landscapes for decorative wallpaper, many of which can be found in the collection of the Pastorie 'Trudo', Zundert.
His drawings during his lifetime were in high demand: in 1774 at least 28 works by Verrijk were included in a sale of the art collection of the mayor of Schorel in Antwerp; the auction catalogue for Jacob Cramer Sijmonsz of Amsterdam contained 60 works. Today his works can be found in the collections of numerous Museums both in the Netherlands and internationally: the former including in the Teylers Museum (Haarlem) and the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam); the latter including the Metropolitan Museum of Arts (New York), the Morgan Library (New York), the British Museum (London), the Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg) and the Scottish National Gallery (Edinburgh) among others.