Afbeeldinge van het Uytstrekend Raadhuys tot Amsteldam… geordineert door den zeer beromden Architect de Heer Ian van Campen Ridder
Amsterdam, Johannes Covens & Cornelis Mortier, c. 1725
Views and plans of the Town Hall on Dam Square in Amsterdam (now Royal Palace), designed by Jacob van Campen, and finished after his withdrawal from the project by the municipal architect, Daniel Stalpaert (1615-1676). Our five prints etched by Laurens Scherm (fl. 1689-1701) were first issued circa 1700 by Nicolas II Visscher with publication line “Uitgegeven door Nicolaus Vißer met Octroy van de Hoogmog: Heeren Staten General” and were restruck about twenty-five years later with the address of Johannes Covens and Cornelis Mortier and privilege of the States General. Both editions are rare: Hollstein lists only the three views, and we trace just one other impression of Scherm’s plan of the first floor. Excellent impressions from the Leonhardt “Atlas of Amsterdam” (dispersed by Christie’s in 1989).