Rear View of Berckenrode Castle in Heemstede after the Fire, Jan ten Compe, 1747
When William IV was elevated to stadtholder of Holland in 1747, the inhabitants of Berckenrode Castle held a celebration. The castle’s owner, Matthias Lestevenon, was an Orangist and would later become one of William IV’s advisers. The bonfire that was lit on 4 May set the castle ablaze and destroyed it. Lestevenon later rebuilt the castle in a new style.