Isaak Ouwater (1750-1793)
Most of the paintings produced by the eighteenth-century painter Ouwater were townscapes. This topographical genre originated in Dutch art of the seventeenth century. An important influence on Ouwater was the late seventeenth-century painter Jan van der Heyden. The painter lived and worked his entire life in Amsterdam, although he toured Holland on several occasions. The sketches that he made on his travels formed the basis for his views of Haarlem, The Hague, Hoorn and other towns. Ouwater added small figures to enliven work.