Monthly Masterpiece April 2015
Leendert Maertensz. van Haestar
Haastrecht? c. 1610/15 - 1675 The Hague
A Cannon near a Guard Post
Panel, 50 x 68.5 cm
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague
Unique in art history
As far as we know this portrait of a cannon is unique in Dutch 17th-century painting. The cannon is brand-new and has just left the foundry. Most likely its maker had himself portrayed together with his family and collection of arms. We believe he is Conraet Wegewaert, a famous cannon founder in The Hague who lived nearby Leendert van Haestar, the painter of this picture.
The richly ornamented 24-pounder or half kartouw was identified as such by expert on historic weapons Jan Piet Puype. Other arms and cannon-related objects are shown, such as a pikeman’s pot, an Ashanti sword and a bucket filled with sheepskins in cold water used to cool the cannon in between firings.
Former curator at the Rijksmuseum Guido Jansen identified the painter as Leendert van Haestar, a painter from The Hague with a very limited known oeuvre.
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