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Herman Henstenburgh was pie baker by profession, similar to a caterer now. His artful watercolors of flowers, fruit and insects he made as a hobby. Henstenburgh developed a special kind of watercolour, according to a contemporary so clear and strong was that it was similar to oil paint. During his life his work became known by collectors far beyond his hometown of Hoorn.


This colour drawing with fruits, flowers and a mouse on a stone table, a great tit on a metal ring above, is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and date ca. 1700–1710 [1]. It also shows two snails, naturalistically drawn, both Cepaea with dextral shells.


[1] RMA, RP-T-1991-43. http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.316580.