45. Johannes Hilverdink
(Groningen 1813 – Amsterdam 1902)
Harbour in Winter with Figures on the Ice
Signed and dated 1846 lower left
Oil on canvas, 37.8 x 46.7 cm
Private collection, Scotland
The upper part of the gatehouse on the left in the background is slightly reminiscent of the Weesperpoort or the Utrechtsepoort of the city of Amsterdam. These seventeenth century gates were part of the fortifications of Amsterdam and purposely built identical to each other. As a result, an enemy could not deduce his geographic location.