Hofwijck (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɔfʋɛik]; or Vitaulium in Latin) is a mansion built for 17th-century politician Constantijn Huygens. It is located in Voorburg on the Vliet canal from Den Haag to Leiden
After he became a widower, Huygens bought land on the Vliet in Voorburg with plans to build a summer home. At the time it was quite fashionable to have a summer home on a river or canal, and old maps of Voorburg show Hofwijck as one of many. The building itself and the gardens (originally on both sides of the Vliet) were designed by Huygens himself in cooperation with the Dutch architect Jacob van Campen. The estate was to be “a harmonious piece of paradise on earth, with a garden in God’s image and likeness.” Huygens was very much inspired by the works of classical Roman architect Vitruvius. Another Dutch Architect, Pieter Post, was in charge of the actual building activities.
The building was erected in unplastered brick and is in the Classicist style. It stands in the centre of a square swan pond. Hofwijck was inaugurated in 1642 in the company of friends and relatives.
If you book me as a skipper on the Willemsvaart on a nice day, you can make a similar photo.
Haagsche Harry is a comic character in a series of cartoons authored by Marnix Rueb. One of the ingredients that made the character popular was the use of typical Hague vernacular in stead of general Dutch. In addition Harry wasn’t shy of offering critical views of everything and everyone, in particular political types including mayors and Queen and King.
Unfortunately Marnix died October 14, 2014. Thanks to a collection and a stipend from The Hague a statue of Haagsche Harry has been created and placed in one of the main shopping streets of The Hague in remembrance of Marnix.
The author, Marnix Rueb photo from Wikipedia.
Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90
I took this photo of the painting of the Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Groninger Museum. I’m not sure whether the painting belongs to its collection or not.
I took the photo to use it for a post here about Hendrik Willem Mesdag, an important Dutch painter of the The Hague School.
We have a panorama in The Hague, Panorama Mesdag and we have the Mesdag Collection in The Hague, a small museum which consists of his former home and studio’s, but also of the small museum he built himself for his own art collection.
Architect Daniël Marot designed the Kneuterdijk palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, for Johan Hendrik, Count Van Wassenaer van Opdam.
It was built between 1720 and 1730.
Later, in 1816, the palace was bought by King Willem I of the Netherlands for his son, the later King William II who was married to Anna Pavlovna, a daughter of the Russian Czar, Paul I.
In 1848 a new version of the Dutch Constitution was announced from its balcony by King Willem II.
After WW II it was the seat of the Dutch War Tribunal.
Currently, after extensive renovations, it is the seat of the Dutch Council of State, the highest advisory body to Dutch Government.
Ah and yes, I’m reasonably satisfied with the photo which you can license at Picfair
Just an idea to post more frequent here on the blog is trying to post more of my photo’s more or less simultaneously as I post them to Picfair.
This Eon Power station is gas turbine powered and is located near the The Hague city center and actually around the corner where I live.