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Afgelopen november kon ik vaststellen dat de Kapel van Willem Tell in de tuin van Huys ten Donck werd gebouwd in 1792. Afgezien van de vraag waarom, restte de vraag: wat was de bron? Die is nu waarschijnlijk wel gevonden.

In de tuin van Paleis Soestdijk staat een beeld, dat ten onrechte als een beeld van Venus wordt aangemerkt. Wim Meulenkamp schreef al dat het hier gaat om het zgn. Donauweibchen, een nimf die volgens de legende vissers bij Wenen zou hebben beschermd (en betoverd door haar schoonheid). Het beeld is een kopie van een beeld in Wenen, van de beeldhouwer Hanns Gasser.
Hier wordt het jaar 1865 als plaatsingsdatum voorgesteld, het jaar waarin prins Hendrik (de Zeevaarder) Soestdijk erfde -tevens het jaar waarin het Weense origineel werd onthuld.

At Huys ten Donck, the building date of a now lost garden pavilion resembling Wilhelm Tell’s ‘kapelle’ on the rocky shores of the Vierwaldstättersee in Switzerland, was unknown. The estimate was that it was built circa 1800, although the layout of the garden it sat in, is known to have taken place in 1792.
One document in the house archive -a hand written version of the legend of Wilhelm Tell- mentions that this pavilion had just been built. This document is dated 29 September 1792. Earlier that year, a carpenter was paid ƒ219,- for his work on the ‘Capelleke Buyten’.
Both documents confirm that the pavilion was built simultaneously with the creation of this new layout of the garden (the ‘nieuwe werk’).

Two months ago I stood in front of this:   It was framed, of course, and hung fairly low against the red (if memory serves) backdrop of a wall at the Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum in Hannover. The painting is one of  a series that artist Max Liebermann made of views in his own garden. This one […]

I asked a question in my last post. This one: “Or could the circular area -with or without building- surrounded by a thick planting of evergreens have been the norm at the time?“. ‘At the time’, being the 1720s, as that was when two drawings of such a circular open space -can’t really call them […]

Den Alerdinck is the next northern example of the triple bridge. It was designed c1800, possibly by G.A. Blum(e) (1765-1827).

The triple bridge (driepuntsbrug) does not seem to be confined to the Northern Netherlands after all. In fact, it may have originated abroad (*gasp*).

Another mixed avenue planted with evergreens and deciduous trees has surfaced, now at Elswout. This is, after Beeckestijn, the second design by J.G. Michael where such an avenue an be found. Coincidence?

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