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North Facade of Huis ten Bosch

North Facade of Huis ten Bosch

Some of the most impressive country houses and gardens built in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century were commissioned by the stadtholder Frederik Hendrik (1584–1647), Prince of Orange, a knowledgeable amateur architect with a passion for palaces and gardens. Among the most notable architects and designers who worked at his court was the architect Pieter Post (1608–1669). After the stadtholder’s death, for the dowager Princess of Orange, he designed Huis ten Bosch, a suburban villa that included a mausoleum celebrating the triumphs of her late husband, Frederik Hendrik.

 

Ottenheym, Konrad. “Seventeenth-Century Seats of the Orange Court and Their Influence Abroad.” In The Baroque Villa: Suburban and Country Residences c. 1600–1800, edited by Barbara Arciszewska, 81–90. Warsaw: Wilanów Palace Museum, 2009.

Image from: Post, Pieter. Les ouvrages d'architecture, dans les quels on voit les représentations de plusieurs édifices considérables en plans & élévations, avec leurs descriptions. Leiden: Van der Aa, 1715.

 

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