The art historian Fred Bachrach has identified this sketch as a view of the Kolk, a small harbour near the centre of Rotterdam.1 Moored boats huddle close the quayside, and buildings line both sides of the harbour, including the Korenbeurs (the Corn Exchange) at right. At centre the Grote Markt (main market hall) can be seen with a statue of Erasmus – Rotterdam’s most famous native – below it. Rendered in outline at top right is the tower of St Lawrence’s Church.
Bachrach , p.84 pl.75.
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘1’ and stamped in black ‘CCCXXI–1’, bottom right.
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