The Douwes ties with Amsterdam are firm, with the restoration workshop settling there already in the 1760's and the registration in the Amsterdam guild of Saint Luke in 1805! Moving from the Nieuwezijds Achterburgwal (now Spuistraat), to the Grimburgwal, the Warmoesstraat, the Rokin and now at the Sradhouderskade, right next to the renovated Rijksmuseum!
After 1880, photography started to play a significant role in the life of the Douwes brothers. Henri was a passionate photographer who, just as his contemporaries Jacob Olie and George Breitner, roamed the town in order to capture the images of Amsterdam. Modern times demanded alterations to be made in the town. Canals were filled, streets widened, and offices built. Photography made it possible to preserve the old and the new town views. Collecting and trading photographic town views and glass plate negatives became an integral part of the firm. Amsterdam and its history were Henri’s passion. He made pictures, collected and traded old town maps, painted town views, and knew everyone who occupied himself in an artistic and historical manner with Amsterdam. Evert Douwes Sr.: “My grandfather’s heart was with the Amsterdam etchings and prints. He had a vast collection and shared his passion with among others Willem Dreesmann. Willem had various collection fields, just as his father; but his preferences tended towards the Amsterdam town views"
former Amsterdam addresses