Het Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam presenteert van 17 februari 2017 tot en met 21 mei 2017 de eerste grote tentoonstelling over de relatie tussen Nederland en Zuid-Afrika. Deze tentoonstelling, met als titel Goede Hoop Zuid Afrika en Nederland vanaf 1600, toont 400 jaar geschiedenis in 300 objecten. Prominent in deze tentoonstelling zijn de meterslange landschapspanorama’s van Doesburger Robert Jacob Gordon.
This outstanding representative of the European Enlightenment was born at Doesburg in Gelderland in June 1743 to a large family whose Scottish forebears had come to the Netherlands in the early 17th century. His grandfather had been burgomaster of Schiedam; and his father had chosen a military career, eventually rising to the rank of Major-General in the Dutch army’s Scots Brigade into which young Robert, the sixth of his seven children, was enrolled at the age of ten. After two years at Harderwijk University, apparently without taking a degree, Gordon returned to the brigade in 1761 in which he was promoted lieutenant and then captain.
De website bij de tentoonstelling is hier te bekijken: http://robertjacobgordon.nl/