About this artwork

This shows the view from the interior (south transept looking towards west) of the St Laurens or Grote Kerk in Alkmaar, which Bosboom painted on numerous occasions. Bosboom’s wife was from Alkmaar. He met her in 1846 and they married in 1851. This picture was owned by Timon Henricus Blom Coster (1817-1904), an art collector and physician. Coster was born in Alkmaar and may have acquired the picture because of this association. He also owned works by Anton Mauve, Jacob and Willem Maris, Charles-François Daubigny and Jules Dupré.

  • title: The Interior of Alkmaar Church
  • accession number: NG 1469
  • artist: Johannes BosboomDutch (1817 - 1891)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Churches and cathedrals
  • date created: 1851 - 1891
  • measurements: 18.50 x 14.60 cm (framed: 39.20 x 35.00 x 8.00cm)
  • credit line: Bequest of Dr John Kirkhope 1920
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Johannes Bosboom

Johannes Bosboom

Johannes Bosboom was apprenticed to his neighbour, Bartholomeus Johannes van Hove (1790-1880). There he painted views of cities and churches and assisted his master with the painting of stage decorations and theatre sets. He also enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Bosboom established his own studio and made church interiors his speciality. These works proved popular with buyers and critics at exhibitions. After his marriage to the novelist Anna Louisa Geertruida Toussaint (1812-1886) Bosboom would frequently paint subjects relating to North Holland. In 1862 he became depressed after the death of his brother and he only recovered in 1865. In the same year Bosboom was awarded the Order of Leopold, a culmination of the many honours for his works both at home and abroad.