stained glass windows in the monumental Dutch Reformed Church
in Graft-De Rijp
In the front part of the church, in
the south wall
1. Rebecca at the well giving Abraham's servant a
drink. Women of De Rijp gave this window, made by D. Kos, in 1656.
2. Jesus calling Matthew the Publican to apostleship.
This one is a gift from farmers of De Rijp.
3. A cooper's
workshop in a frame of herring-barrels and cooper's tools. Under it 36
different family crests of makers' marks with a name under each one. The
window was presented in 1655 by coopers working here, who belonged to a
kind of guild or trade union called: "De Vrijwillige Cuyperij" (Free or
Voluntary Coopery). Some of these coopers came from Enkhuizen. This
explains the picture of the town-patroness of Enkhuizen in the window.
4. This window, showing a finely painted scene of the
sea: the herring-fleet accompanied by a man-of-war, fishing off the
English coast, was a gift from ship-owners of De Rijp in 1655. Also in
this window the town-patroness of Enkhuizen and 38 family crests. The
whole is surrounded with herring-nets and symbolic figures. At the very
bottom you see a rhyme of six lines.
In the South aisle
5. The coat of arms of Amsterdam. At the top the old
coat of arms: a koff or cock-boat, framed by pictures of objects which
refer to the importance of Amsterdam as world-trading centre. A gift
from the city of Amsterdam in 1655.
6. ďThe god Mars put into chains by
women", symbolising the peace-treaty of Munster (1648). The window was
presented by the delegated State Councils of Waterland and 't
Noorderkwartier in 1655, hence the coats of arms of the seven cities
north of 'Het IJ' and of West-Friesland.
In the back part of the church
7. "Charitas". This window owes its importance to its
fine colours. It was a gift from five inhabitants of De Rijp in 1655.
One of them was Jacob Sijmensz, a relative of Sijmen Jacobs, carpenter
of the "Raadhuis" (municipal hall).
8. The Beemster coat of arms, and some pictures
referring to agriculture and cattle-breeding. This one is a gift from
the dike-reeve and "polder-board" of the Beemster in 1655. (The Beemster
was drained in 1612).
In the choir
9,10,11, ;2,13, 14and 15.
Windows given by the towns of Purmerend,
Monnickendam, Enkhuizen, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Edam and Medemblik. In the
lower parts of these windows (with the exception of the Purmerend
window) beautiful, detailed views of these towns. On the Alkmaar window
the name of the glass painter C. Sparreboom, 1657. The Alkmaar town
council paid 150 guilders for it.
In the back part of the church (north
"De Uitwaterende Sluizen van de Suvderzee" (the Floodgates of the
Suyderzee). A gift from the dike-reeve and
"polder-board", replacing the previous window which was destroyed in the
big fire. The price of this window also came to 150 guilders.
17. Depicting an Amsterdam and an Oriental merchant
doing business. In the background: trading-vessels with beautifully
coloured sterns sailing on the Zuiderzee. In the middle is a rhyme of
four lines. This window, a gift from Wijnant Tijmensz Tol, member of the
Grand Brokers' Guild in Amsterdam, in 1655, excels because of its
In the North aisle (behind the organ):
18. "The Haarlem coat of arms", with the device:
Haerlem Vicit Vim Virtus. Sailing-ships running down the chain across
the mouth of the river Nile near Damiette in the time of the crusades,
in 1219, are depicted in beautiful colours. The makers of this window,
the glass "writer" Pieter Holstein and the glazier Boudewijn Frans,
received 183 guilders between them from the Harlem town council.
19. "The Dutch Lion" in the "garden", framed by
war-attributes. Underneath it the words: "Hollandia 1657".
In the front part of the church
( north wall):
20. "The building of the second temple", symbolising
the rebuilding of this church after the first one, built by the
reformists, was burnt down. A gift from the churchwardens and
old-churchwardens. From the hammering stonemason (bottom right) it may
be concluded that the building of the second temple (in Jerusalem) is
meant, as "neither hammer, nor axe, nor any other metal tool was heard"
during the building of the first temple under Solomon.
21. "Moses at the well". Moses surrounded by women in
colourful dress, the daughters of the Midianite priest Jethro, who are
watering their sheep. Inhabitants of De Rijp gave this window.
22. A gift from Jochern Cornelisz of De Rijp in 1656.
On the left and right sides panes of plain glass ingeniously set in
lead. In the centre part two poems, the upper one in script-letters and
the lower one in elegant Gothic writing.
23. The giver of this window, which also dates from
1656, is unknown. It shows among others a coat of arms divided into two
parts, on the left a cornet of gold on azure (blue), on the right three
harrows in sable (black). Next to this, judging from its diamond-shape,
a maidenly coat of arms. It is not known whose this was.
Churchwardens of the Dutch Reformed Parish
Graft -De Rijp.