Delfshaven c.1657-1720
A view of the Zwaenseiland and the river Zwaenhals, Rotterdam, the Sint Laurenskerk beyond
‘Penschilderij’, pen, black ink and oil on panel 18,4 x 26,4 cm. ( 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
Signed A SALM, lower left


The Viscount of Roda, Madrid, by ca.1930
Then descent to a private collection Madrid
From whom acquired by the previous owner


This expansive river town scape depicts van Salm’s native Rotterdam, the town that would be his home and center of artistic production. The towering Sint Laurenskerk stands in the far distance, as van Salm sets the bustle of every day activity along the busy river front as the protagonist of this lively penschilderij. The picture is staged from nearly the identical spot as a work sold as Circle of Thomas Heeremans at Christie’s Amsterdam, 2-9 -2003, lot 38.

Adriaen (Abraham, Adam ) van Salm was a Dutch draftsman and painter. He produced primarily marine art.

These were done in pen with India ink applied to a cloth or pre-processed panel. He was the father and teacher of Roelof van Salm, who wielded the same technique as well as his father and especially scenes of ships and naval battles.

In 1706, Adriaen was listed as a draughtsman and member of the Guild of Saint Luke in Delft.