The Rapenburg in Leiden, Carel Lodewijk Hansen, 1807

The Rapenburg in Leiden, Carel Lodewijk Hansen, 1807

oil on canvas, h 94.5cm × w 125.5cm More details

On 12 January 1807 a ship laden with 37,000 tons of gunpowder exploded in the centre of Leiden. It was a national disaster: 150 people died and many houses were destroyed. King Louis Napoleon, shown at left among Leiden city officials, acted like a true father to his subjects. Three days after the explosion, he visited the scene and organized financial help. This made him very popular with the Dutch.

On display in room 1.12

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