Good friend and colleague from Microsoft days Debbie van Leeuwen commissioned this watercolour.
A painting of lovely old house when her good friend has a shop. All this by the Leliegracht canal in dear Amsterdam.
Being inherently inquisitive I poked around for more information in the Wikipedia* vaults.
The canal was build in 1612 .
Several well known Dutch people lived alongside its banks Jan Jacobsz. Hinlopen, 1626 - 1666, cloth merchant, shipping magnet and art collector.
The writer Everhardus Johannes Potgieter lived at no. 25.
Aside from his interesting given name I learnt that before moving here in 1821 he lived with his mum and dad in Zwolle a city in northern Holland.
At the Zwolle connection is interesting as on several occasions I have changed trains a Zwolle which can be daunting the city has rail connections in eight directions.