[Organ of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem]Het Gezicht, van't groote Orgel, en een gedeelte der grote Kerk te Haerlem, wel-eer St. Bavo toegeweyt [...]
Te Amsteldam by Jan Ten Houten Boekverkoper op den Dam
Engraving, platemark 455 x 325mm (18 x 12¾") very large margins.
The organ of the Sint-Bavokerk (Grote Kerk) in Haarlem, Netherlands, one of the world's most historically important organs. Built between 1735 and 1738 by Amsterdam organ builder Christiaan Müller, those who have played it include Mendelssohn, Handel and Mozart. Herman Melville, describing the inside of a whale's mouth in 'Moby-Dick', wrote: 'seeing all these colonnades of bone so methodically ranged about, would you not think you were inside of the great Haarlem organ, and gazing upon its thousand pipes?' In the foreground, beside two figures admiring the organ, are two gravediggers: until 1831 graves were allowed in the church.
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