Town Hall, the Hague
Signed lower right: JF Spohler
Johannes Franciscus Spohler was a cityscape painter of the Romantic School who continued the topographical tradition of Holland that had begun in the seventeenth century. Although he painted village scenes, he mainly worked in Amsterdam. His father Jan Jacob Spohler along with his brother Jacob Jan Coenraad specialized in painting summer and winter landscapes. Two town scenes by Johannes Franciscus are in the Museum Bisdom van Vliet in Haastrecht, Gouda. These sparse facts are all that is known of the artist’s life. Everything else must be gleaned from his work.