A walk by Rotterdam and Schiedam Gates in Delft

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The gates depicted in Vermeer's 1660-1661 painting "View of Delft" have been drawn and engraved many times. This movie is based upon several historical images.

Pen and wash drawings of the Rotterdam Gate by Josua de Grave (c.1645-c.1712), in Album Rademaker, fol. 53 (left hand side, 90 x 149 mm.) and fol. 55 (right hand side, 92 x 154 mm.). Each is inscribed on the upper right "tot Delft de 7/28 1695".

Pen and wash drawing (179 x 243 mm.) of the Rotterdam Gate by Jan van Kessel (1641-1680). Original drawing in De Grez coll., Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels. Inscribed on the lower right "J. Kessel". Inscribed on top, in another handwriting, the erroneous text "groote Houtpoort tot haarlem 1560".

Engraving (176x266 mm.) by publisher Pieter Smith of the Armamentarium. This was one of the many views which could be placed on a wall chart and combined with the Kaart Figuratief bird's eye view map of Delft.

This image combines two pen and wash drawings. On the left are the Rotterdam and Schiedam Gates (90 x150 mm.) by Josua de Grave (c.1645-c.1712), in Album Rademaker, fol. 51v, inscribed on the upper right "tot Delft de Rotterdamse Poort 7/7 1695". To the right we see a sepia drawing (184 x 296 mm.) of the large Schiedam and the small Kethel gates by Balthasar Joosz (1772-1834). Inscribed on the bottom "De Ketel poort te Delft van binnen te zien 1828".

All images were scanned at the Image and Sound department of the Municipal Archives in Delft, except the Rotterdam Gate image which was scanned from a high quality photograph provided by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels.