Cabinet de Hendrick, Frederick (prince d’Orange et comte de Nassau)
Témoignage du voyageur anglais John Evelyn (1641-42).
[1641-42] As I returned, I diverted to see one of the Prince’s Palaces, called the hoff Van Hounsler’s Dyck, a very fair cloistered and quadrangular building. The gallery is prettily painted with several huntings, and at one end a gordian knot, with rustical instruments so artificially represented, as to deceive an accurate eye to distinguish it from actual relievo. The ceiling of the staircase is painted with the “Rape of Ganymede,” and other pendant figures, the work of F. Covenberg, of whose hand I bought an excellent drollery, which I afterwards parted with to my brother George of Wotton, where it now hangs1. To this palace join a fair garden and park, curiously planted with limes.
1It is still there
(The diary of John Evelyn, Ed. William Bray, J.M. DENT et E.P DULTON, London-New York, 1905, Tome 1, p.29-30.)
Voir gravure représentant la demeure du Prince dans Walter A. Liedtke et alii, Vermeer and the Delft School, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001, fig. 10, p. 9).