View of Rotterdam

about 1700–20
Signed by Cornelis Boumeester (1652–1733)


Overall: 50.8 x 88.9 cm (20 x 35 in.) Framed: 71.4 x 94.8 x 3.2 cm (28 1/8 x 37 5/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware with underglaze blue decoration, modern mahogany frame

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





A tile painting, composed of 33 Delft tiles (including replacements) forming a view of the port of Rotterdam. Set in modern mahogany frame, with gilded inscription on bottom border.

In Dutch homes, tiles typically served utilitarian purposes, such as covering the walls of kitchens, utility rooms, passageways, and fireplace surrounds. This large panel was conceived as a picture to be mounted on a wall. It shows a panoramic view of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port and still one of the world’s busiest. In this view by Cornelis Boumeister, a Rotterdam artist who specialized in large tile panels, fishing boats and trading vessels surround a large ocean-going galleon in the harbor. Wharves extend from the shore, each ending at a “weigh house” where goods were weighed to determine taxes. The skyline of the city is dominated by the Gothic tower of the cathedral of St. Laurens, one of the few structures that survived extensive bombing of the port during World War II.


Signed with monogram in lower right corner: "C : BM"


Henry Freudmann (b. 1886 - d. 1952) and Nora Freudmann (b. 1888 - d. 1948), Antwerp and New York [see note 1]; by descent from the Freudmanns to their daughter, Denise Joselson, Rye, NY; 2005, gift of Denise and Morton Joselson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006)

[1] Mrs. Joselson's parents, Henry and Nora Freudmann, acquired six pieces of Dutch Delftware (MFA accession nos. 2005.1057 - 2005.1060) in Belgium and the U.S.; some pieces may also have been inherited from Mrs. Freudmann's parents.

Credit Line

Gift of Denise and Morton Joselson