Silver cabinet

Jan Adolf Hillebrand, 1844, BK-R-4927

As a young cabinetmaker, Hillebrand presented this neo-Gothic showpiece at an industrial exhibition in Leeuwarden in 1844. His ambition was rewarded. King Willem II bought the silver cabinet, having acquired a taste for Gothic art as a student in England. Different Gothic elements are ingeniously…

On display in room 1.15

Italian Landscape with Umbrella…

Hendrik Voogd, 1807, painting, SK-A-4688

Voogd was known as the Dutch Claude, after the French painter Claude Lorrain, who was famous for his historical landscapes bathed in a golden glow. Voogd depicted the garden at Villa Borghese in Rome late in the afternoon: the sun casts long shadows and the trees stand out starkly against the sky.…

On display in room 1.12

Toilet mirror

Joseph-Germain Dutalis, 1828 - 1829, BK-1994-34

This mirror was the centrepiece of a large set of toiletry articles that the Dutch king Willem I had made as a wedding gift for his daughter Princess Marianne, who married Prince Albert of Prussia in 1830. The king commissioned Dutalis, the leading jeweller in Brussels, to make this superb ensemble…

On display in room 1.13

Diorama of a Slave Dance

Gerrit Schouten, 1830, NG-2005-24

The scene in the dance tent is a ‘du’, a role-play event with music and dancing, held once every year on the plantations. Both players and audience were slaves. The main character was the ‘Afrankeri’, the narrator, left. The man in the red suit on the right is playing the king. Europeans in Suriname…

On display in room 1.17

Piano Practice Interrupted

Willem Bartel van der Kooi, 1813, painting, SK-A-1065

A native of Friesland, artist Van der Kooi specialised in painting children. The children in this painting are shown in a playful, spontaneous pose. It could almost be a snapshot. Yet appearances are deceptive. The artist arranged the children deliberately to form a triangular composition. And we no…

On display in room 1.12

View of The Hague

Cornelis Springer, c. 1850 - c. 1852, painting, SK-A-4875

On display in room 1.14

View of The Hague from the Delftse…

Cornelis Springer, 1852, painting, SK-A-4870

Fukami Jikyu in maanlicht

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1887, print, RP-P-1983-391

Winter Landscape

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, 1835 - 1838, painting, SK-C-165

On display in room 1.14

Clear Weather with a Southerly Wind

Katsushika Hokusai, 1829 - 1833, print, RP-P-1952-183