LOT 127

[Catholicism] Photo book Religious Art Exhibition, Catharinakerk, 1935

Album with 4 photos by photo bureau "Heno", all 18 x 24 cm., the album itself consists of 6 leafs heavy black paper, with the city arms of Amsterdam twice in coloured paper on the front cover, cord-bound, 33 x 33 cm.

Thanks to an inlaid, typed sheet, the meaning of the album can be swiftly established. It concerns a letter, dated 11 December 1935, from one of the organisers of the exhibition to patron Herman van den Eerenbeemt: "Amice, ik ben eindelijk in staat gevolg te geven aan mijn toezegging om U als blijk van mijn persoonlijke erkentelijkheid voor het vele werk door U voor onze tentoonstelling voor Religieuse Kunst verricht, enkele foto's ter herinnering aan te bieden. Ze gaan thans hierbij. Groetend, t.t." [signed]. The letter is typed on stationery of the counsellors Goseling, Bunker, Hendrix and Ariëns in Amsterdam. An extensive description of Herman van den Eerenbeemt can be found in the introduction of his archive (Stadsarchief Amsterdam): This archive contains pieces relating to the exhibition. On 31 December 1933, the Catharinakerk (dedicated in 1820) was closed and sold to the Hollandsche Sociëteit van Levensverzekeringen. In 1935 it proved therefore the perfect location for such an exhibition. The church was demolished in 1939. In 1967, the University Library of the Municipal University was built on the location of the former Sint-Catharinakerk.

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