[Netherlands] Allegorie op de dood van Willem V, prins van Oranje, 1806.
Uytgegeven door Fs. de Vletter & Comp. te Amsterdam. [n.d. c.1820.]
Fine Coloured stipple, very scarce, partly printed in colours. Plate 590 x 463mm. 23¼ x 18¼". Some tears.
Allegory of the death of William V, Prince of Orange, 1806. The Dutch Lady is weeping at the grave of the prince. She is comforted by an angel. On the grave is a portrait bust, the two cherubs bear arms. Right below the Dutch Lion, sleeping on broken arms. The painting is part of the the Rijksmusuem collection. Jan Willem Pieneman (1779-1853) was born in Abcoude and was educated at the Amsterdam Stadstekenacademie. In 1805 he was appointed to teach drawing at the artillery and engineering college in Amersfoort. As an artist Pieneman acquired a name for his paintings of scenes from the contemporary history of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. But Pieneman fulfilled other functions besides that of painter: in 1820 he was appointed first director of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam and from 1844 to 1847 he was director of the Rijksmuseum, at that time still housed in Trippenhuis.
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