The New Church at Delft with the Tomb of William the Silent

Hendrik Cornelisz van Vliet1667

National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool
United Kingdom

Van Vliet specialised in views of the interiors of Delft's two main churches, the Old and the New Church. The New Church housed the tomb of the assassinated Dutch hero William I of Orange ('the Silent) (1533 - 1584) who helped establish the independence of the Netherlands from Spanish rule.

Despite its apparent accuracy, this image has in fact been distorted. In reality one cannot view both the tomb of William the Silent as well as the view across the church choir.

A signature and the date 1667 were said to be legible in 1962; In 1995, they were no longer visible.


  • Title: The New Church at Delft with the Tomb of William the Silent
  • Creator: Hendrik Cornelisz van Vliet
  • Creator Lifespan: c. 1611-1675
  • Date Created: 1667
  • Physical Dimensions: 127 cm x 85.5 cm
  • Rights: Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Art Fund and the Wolfson Foundation in 1995
  • Medium: Canvas; Oil paint

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