Toon Bulletin KNOB 100 (2001) 4-5

Thomas H. von der Dunk: Sturm en het stadhuis. Een Duits architectuurdocent corrigeert het werk van Jacob van Campen en Jacob Roman. Thomas H. von der Dunk en Freek H. Schmidt: Petrus Camper en Jacob van Campen. Een polemiek uit 1767 met Cornelis Ploos van Amstel inzake het stadhuis van Amsterdam.

Gepubliceerd: 2001-09-01


  • The Amsterdam Town Hall (1648-1665) of Jacob van Campen was undoubtedly one of the major architectonic attractions of the Dutch Republic. Among the many tourists honouring the building with a visit was the North-German architect Leonhard Christoph Sturm (1669-1719), teacher at the Ritterakademie of Wolffenb├╝ttel, who had a large number of treatises on architecture to his name and reported on his findings during his travels in the Netherlands and France in 1697, 1699 and 1712 in his Architectonische Reiseanmerkungen, which appeared in the year of his death.

    Among the many...

  • In 1767 the physician and scientist Petrus Camper (1722-1789) made an anonymous attack on 'the taste of the Netherlands' in the journal De Philosooph. Thereby he elaborately directed his arrows at Dutch architecture and particularly at the Amsterdam Town Hall, which had been internationally renowned since the seventeenth century.

    Not long afterwards the well-known Amsterdam art collector Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (1726-1798) published his defense in a detailed pamphlet. In so far as known this developed into the first architecture polemic fought out in the Dutch press,...