Anthony Van Borssom
(Amsterdam 1630 – 1677)
Church Interior With Elements of the Hooglandse Church, Leiden (c. 1661)
Bear's signature De Witt. lower left
Oil on canvas, 68.8 x 58.1 cm
B. Vermet, The seventeenth century church interior at Anthony van Borssom, Leids Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 1, 1982, pp. 403-416 (ill.)
– Houston-Boswall Collection, London
– Auction Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, March 4, 2020, lot 211
– Corporate collection, Antwerp
Registered at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague under number 119267.
The large monument on the column was sculpted by Rombout Verhulst (1624-1698) in 1661 for the Hooglandse- or St. Pancraskerk. This epitaph was created in honor of Pieter Adriaensz. van der Werff (1529-1604), the burgomaster of Leiden, who – during the siege by the Spanish in 1574 – offered his own body as food for his people.
A similar work by Anthonie van Borssom can be seen in the Prince William V Gallery in The Hague.