Anthonie van Borssom
(Amsterdam 1630 – 1677)
Kerkinterieur met elementen van de Pieterskerk en de Hooglandse kerk te Leiden (Church Interior With Elements of the Hooglandse Church, Leiden) (c. 1661)
Bears signature De Witt. lower left
Oil on canvas, 68.8 x 58.1 cm
B. Vermet, Het zeventiende eeuwse kerkinterieur bij Anthony van Borssom, Leids Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 1, 1982, pp. 403-416 (ill.)
– Houstoun-Boswall Collection, London
– Auction Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, 4 March 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 honour 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.