Johannes Janson A Formal Garden (1766)
Johannes Janson is known for his idyllic landscapes filled with animals and village scenes. They were painted in the style of seventeenth-century Dutch artists such as Paulus Potter, whose paintings he copied. Many of Janson’s patrons were members of Leyden’s upper middle class who wanted a painted visual record of their formal gardens on canvas. Janson also made landscape etchings after his drawings. The estate shown here may have been located in the province of Noordholland, north of Amsterdam.