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View, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Portuguese and German Synagogues, Antique Print Pair, c. 1760-1783


Pierre Fouquet, Jr. (1729-1800) (editor)
Vue de la Synagogue, des Juifs Portugais, à Amsterdam/ Gezicht van de Portugeesche Jooden-Kerk, van de Breestraat te zien, tot Amsterdam, Plate 62
[View of the Synagogue of the Portuguese Jews on the Breestraat in Amsterdam]
Vue de la Synagogue des Juifs Allemands, à Amsterdam/ Gezicht van de Hoogduitsche Jooden-Kerk, op de Houtmarkt te zien, tot Amsterdam, Plate 63
[View of the Synagogue of the German Jews on the Houtmarkt in Amsterdam]

P. Fouquet, Jr., Amsterdam: c. 1770-1780 (Portugais), c. 1760-1783 (Allemands)
Hand-colored etchings
11 x 14.75 inches, plate mark
13 x 18.25 inches, overall (Portugais)
13 x 17.5 inches, overall (Allemands)
$975, the pair

Two views of Jewish synagogues in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from a series of etchings of landmark buildings in that city produced by Pierre Fouquet Jr. from the 1760s to the 1780s. In addition to documenting the architecture, both views include lively street scenes, with pedestrians, merchants and animals. One view depicts the Portuguese synagogue, also known as the Esnoga or Snoge, a 17th century Sephardic synagogue that is still in use. The other shows “the synagogue of the German Jews,” actually two buildings known as the Great Synagogue and the New Synagogue, built by Ashkenazi Jews in the late 17th and mid 18th centuries respectively. The Holocaust left the Ashkenazi buildings with no congregations, and they are now the home of the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam. Both prints are titled and credited in both French and Dutch.

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The view of the Portuguese synagogue is from Mark’s Square, now known as Visserplein, and shows only the upper portion of the building on the right, the lower levels hidden behind a one-story building.

The view of the Ashkenazi synagogues shows them on the left. In the foreground is the Houtmarkt, or timber market, now known as Jonas Daniël Meijerplein [Jonas Daniel Meyer Square]. In the middle is the bridge over the Muidergracht, with the Oudezijds Huiszittenhuis, outbuildings of the Portuguese synagogue and the Zuiderkerk church tower in the background. In the market square, workers load a boat in the canal.

Pierre Fouquet, Jr., was a publisher of French descent active in Amsterdam during the 2nd half of the 18th century. His works, including both these prints, are in the collection of the Beeldbank Stadarchief (City Archives Images Database) of Amsterdam (see References below).

Condition: Recently professionally restored — cleaned and deacidifed, some light marginal short tears repaired verso. Some very faint remaining toning from former matting, pale and unobtrusive.


“Building.” Portugese Synagoge. (8 April 2011).

“Fouquet jr., P. (Pierre; 1729-1800).” Beeldbank Stadarchief Amsterdam. (8 April 2011).

van Voolen, Edward. “Ashkenazi Jews in Amsterdam.” Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. 1996-2010. (8 April 2011).

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18th Century