The development of 19th-century painting is unthinkable without the Hague painter of cityscapes Bart van Hove. His influence was both direct and indirect through his many students, of which J. Bosboom, H. van Hove, S. Verveer and H.J. The most famous were Weissenbruch. Van Hove received painting lessons from the Hague stage decorator J.H.A.A. Breckenheijmer and then visited the Hague Drawing Academy. In addition to painting cityscapes, he would continue to work as a stage and decor painter all his life and in 1829 he succeeded his former teacher as a city decorator, affiliated with the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Schouwburg in The Hague. His pupils must have assisted him in painting stage sets, and it is possible that they learned the daring and a certain freedom of touch that were so decisive for their later work.