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. http://www.portugesesynagoge.nl/eng/history/building (8 April 2011).
“Fouquet jr., P. (Pierre; 1729-1800).” Beeldbank Stadarchief Amsterdam. http://beeldbank.amsterdam.nl/ (8 April 2011).
van Voolen, Edward. “Ashkenazi Jews in Amsterdam.” Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. 1996-2010. http://www.bh.org.il/database-article.aspx?48205 (8 April 2011).