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LOT 1757

GBP (£) 50 - 70
EUR (€) 58 - 82
USD ($) 61 - 86

Sold for (Inc. bp): £52

DATED 1919 A.D.
19 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (1.1 kg, 49 x 39 cm).

A framed painting by the well-known artist A. J. Jansen, depicting a Dutch pastoral scene including a dog-cart and figures; signature together with Rotterdam '19 to bottom right; oil on board. [No Reserve]

By inheritance from the vendor's grandmother.
Property of an Essex lady.

Adrianus Johannes Jansen (1863-1943) was a Dutch ship portraitist, born in Gouda to Catholic parents. His mother died whilst he was young and he moved to Rotterdam with his father and stepmother in 1884, where he started a café on the Nieuwe Maas waterfront, sometimes referred to by his contemporaries as ‘Cafe Jansen’. By this point Jansen had already begun his career as a self-taught artist. It would appear that he lived largely as a professional ship-portraitist from about 1903 and may have been active for as long as 50 years. His surviving ship-portraits are widely distributed.
Jansen generally painted in oils and typically signed ‘A. J. Jansen’, together with Rotterdam or Antwerp and a date. It is worth noting however that he appears to have been known to his British clients as ‘Harry’. Only one picture signed ‘Harry Jansen’ is so far known, dated 1913: this is of the ‘Titanic’, with an iceberg close behind, now in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. The last painting by Jensen (so far identified), dated 1939, is a still-life of fruit and flowers on a table. By this time his age and a dying market for painted ship portraits had probably turned him towards other subjects.