Details from print “Paleis Honselaarsdijk”, A. Bega and Abraham Blooteling (circa 1683)

Huis Honselaarsdijk (English: “House Honselaar’s Dike”) was a mansion in Honselersdijk, Holland, Dutch Republic. It was designed by the Dutch architects Bartholomeus van Bassen, Jacob van Campen and Pieter Post, and was built in the first half of the 17th century as a buitenplaats (summer house) for stadtholder Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange. Various popular artists were commissioned to decorate the house, and paintings or sculptures were created specifically for Honselaarsdijk by Wybrand de Geest, Gerard van Honthorst, Pieter de Grebber, Paulus Bor, Christiaen van Couwenbergh, Cornelis Vroom, and Artus Quellinus, among others. Extensive formal gardens in the French manner overseen by André Mollet were laid out on either side of a central allée (a walkway lined with trees or tall shrubs -GS).



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