Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hendrick de Keyser and his Contemporaries

Hendrick de Keyser ( 1565 -1621)
and his Contemporaries.

A few random jottings -

Isaac James fl. 1600 still living 1625/5
described as tomb maker in contemporary contracts

Was in partnership with Bartholomew Atye (d.1616) 1600 - 02.

Married Anna Manjet at the Dutch Church, Austin Friars April 1603.

His possible master a Brabanter named Richard Stevens (1542 - 92) of Southwark. info Whinney questioned by Adam White - no evidence - but certainly a possibility given the Dutch connections and possible family home in Southwark

He was living in the Parish of St Martin in the Fields by 1600 and appears in the Parish Rate Books from 1601 - 1624 - 25, listed under the Waterside Ward close to the sculptor William Ward.

Descended from James van Hawstert (Haastrecht a town near Gouda) who came to England in the reign of Henry VIII

Father perhaps William James an inhabitant of the Parish of St Mary Overy, Southwark, who retained strong Dutch connections - his will drawn up in Dec. 1595, proved the next year  mentions a son Isaac a brother in law in Delft and a cousin called Roger (van Haestrecht?) and mentions a bequest to the congregation of the Dutch Church at Austin Friars.

A probable descendant of  dutch immigrant James van Hewstert (a corruption of Haastrecht).

Documented works of Isaac James -

1. 1600 - 1 Sir Edward Denny and his wife, Waltham Abbey, Essex in partnership with Bartholemew Adye.

2. 1601 - 2 Sir Richard Kingsmill Highclere, Hampshire, with in partnership with Bartholemew Adye.

3. c.1611 Henry Lord Norris and family, Westminster Abbey

4. 1613 - 14 Sir Thomas Walmesley, wife and son Thomas St Mary, Blackburn (destroyed)

5. 1614 - 16 Henry Earl of Northampton Formerly St Mary in Castro, Dover, dismantled and partly lost. with Nicholas Stone the Elder

Above info from A Biographical Dictionary of London  Tomb Sculptors - c 1560 - c. 1660. by Adam White, Walpole Society Journal, 1999.


Nicolas Stone 1586? - 1647.

see - A biographical Dictionary of London Tomb Sculptors. c.1560 - c. 1660. Adam White. Walpole Society Journal 1999


Henrick de Keyser
Johannes Meyssens
engraving 1662
162 x 113 mm.

Hendrick de Keyser
Jonas Suyderhof after T de Keyser
with a dedication by the poet Joost van den Vondel - (1587 - 1679).
Vondel wrote many satires criticising  the Calvanists and extolling the virtues of Oldenbarnevelt
(see below bust of Oldenbarnevelt


72.5 cms


Bust of Piet Heyn (d.1628).
Attrib to Hendrik de Keyser II
Height 80 cms.

Piet Heyn became a seaman at a young age. When he was fifteen years old, he was taken prisoner by the Spanish and made to serve two years as a galley slave. After his release, Heyn pursued a career in the merchant marine: he held high-ranking positions in the Dutch West India Company. In 1628 he captured a Spanish treasure fleet (known as the ‘Silver Fleet’) off the coast of Cuba. A year later he perished at sea.


Currently described by the Rijksmuseum as Vincent Coster
by Hendrick de Keyser
Height 75 cms.

William I Prince of Orange
Hendrick de Keyser
c. 1615 - 20

Jan de Bisschop
Drawing of the Bust of Pieter Adriaenz van der Werff (1529 - 1603) 
after Hendrick de Keyeser ( bust disappeared).
Pen and brown ink over black chalk
212 x 133 mm
Sotheby's Amsterdam. lot 122, - 29 April 2014.


Johann van Oldenbarnevelt



Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Jan Gaspar Gevartius - Engraved by Paulus Pontius after Rubens

Jan Gaspar Gevartius - 
Engraving by Paulus Pontius 
after Peter Paul Rubens.

Depicted with a bust of Marcus Aurelius

314 x 211mm

Portrait of Gevartius 
c. 1630

Koninklijk Museum voor Scone Kunsten, Antwerp

Hubertus van den Eynden
Engraving by Lucas Vorsterman 
after Anthony van Dyck

Hubertus van den Eynden

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Portrait of Andreas Colijns de Nole, Pieter de Jode (II), after Anthony van Dyck, 1628 - 1670

Portrait of Andreas Colijns de Nole,
 Engraving Pieter de Jode (II), 
after Anthony van Dyck, mid 17th century


Hendrick van Baelen - Paulus Pontius after van Dyck

Hendrick van Baelen (1575 - 1632) - 
Sketched and Painted by Anthony van Dyck
Engraved by Paulus Pontius after Anthony van Dyck.

Painter and Stained Glass Artist.
Pupil of Adam van Noort
Teacher of van Dyck


Anthony van Dyck
24.4 x 19.7 cms
c. 1627 - 32

J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Calif.

Anthony van Dyck
Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Continuing the theme of Sculpture portrayed in paintings and engravings.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Engraving by Bernard Picart

Bernard Picart (1673 - 1733).

Busts of Paul Scarron (1610 - 60) dramatist, and poet with Seneca
73 x 137 mm.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Johann Platzer - The Sculptors Studio

The Sculptors Studio.
by Johann Platzer (1704 - 61).
Oil on Copper
646 x 883 mm
signed JG Plazer
c 1730.

Continuing with the theme of Sculpture illustrated in other mediums.

Johann Platzer - Austrian

Francois Bunel attrib. - Confiscation from the Painters Studio.

Francois Bunel attrib. 
Confiscation from the Painters Studio.

Continuing with the theme of Sculpture depicted in other mediums.

Attrib.Francois Bunel. Court Painter to Henry IV, King of France.

Oil on panel
28.1 x 47 cms

Image downloaded from and copyright  Mauritshaus Museum, Den Haag, Holland.

Jacques Goudstikker Gallery, Amsterdam, 1922-1940; 
Goudstikker Gallery/Alois Miedl, Amsterdam, 1943; probably sale Amsterdam (Frederik Muller), 31 March 1943; E. Göpel, The Hague, 1943; 
Reichskanzlei, Berlin; Adolf Hitler, Führermuseum, Linz; 
Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit (inv. no. NK 2548), 1946-1960; 
on long-term loan to the Mauritshuis, 1948-1960 (Goudstikker’s widow relinquished the painting in 1952); transferred, 1960

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Longleat Stone Busts

Longleat Stone Busts.

Photograph from the RIBA Picture Library of a group of stone busts presumably removed from the oval niches on the facade of the house and stored in the yard at the rear of the house.

Photographed in 1951.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Design for Houghton by William Kent

Design for Houghton Hall
The Marble Parlour
 William Kent.
Private Collection.

Continuing the theme of Portrait Sculpture illustrated in various mediums in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Collectors and Sculptors Studios in the 17th Century

Some Collectors Rooms and Sculptors Studios in the 17th Century.
Continuing the theme of showing Sculpture illustrated in paintings and engravings
17th and 18th Centuries.
Predominantly Northern European.
Adriaen van Gaesbeeck (1621 - 50).
painted between 1640 and 1650
Oil on Board.
100 x 76 cms
Photograph Rijksmuseum
David Bailly (1584 - 1657).
Self Portrait with Vanitas Symbols
Oil on Board
65 x 97.5 cms
Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, Holland

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Charles I - Bronze Bust Fanelli. Some Notes.

Charles I .
Unique Bronze Bust
24.2 cms tall. 
Attributed to Francesco Fanelli (1590 - 1653).
(ffrancisco the one eyed Italian).
Sculptor to the King
c. 1635
Victoria and Albert Museum
Provenance Mrs Marjorie Ionides Bought with the assistance of the National Art Fund
Photographs Victoria and Albert Museum
For more on Fanelli by Dr Charles Avery see -
There is / was a bronze bust at Welbeck Abbey signed by Fanelli -
Franciscus Finellius Florentinus f. sculpt Magn. Brit Regis 1640.

Charles I and Henrietta Maria
Quadrangle St Johns College Oxford
Presented by Archbishop Laud
Cost £400

This pair of statues have been traditionally ascribed to Fanelli but are probably by Le Sueur
Oxford - King Charles and Queen Henrietta Maria
Oxford - King Charles and Queen Henrietta Maria


Charles VI.
Holy Roman Emperor
After Johan Daniel Priessler (1666 - 1737).
Engraving by Johann Georg Pintz
Continuing the theme of portrait busts and sculpture and sculpture depicted in paintings and engravings

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Portraits by William Dobson

Portraits by William Dobson (1611 - 46)
Continuing the theme of Sculpture in Paintings and Engravings.
Portrait of a man - possibly a self portrait.
Image Courtesy Philip Mould Historical Portraits.
William Lawes
Endymion Porter
Endymion Porter
Painted 1642 - 5.
Oil on canvas
149 x 127 cms
Tate Britain
Probably Sir Thomas Aylesbury, Bt
Probably Sir Thomas Aylesbury
c 1642
Oil on Canvas
125.5 x 99 cms.
National Portrait Gallery
Sir Edward Walker (1612–1677)
Sir Edward Walker (1612 - 77).
Oil on Canvas 114 x 89 cms.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Richard Neville
Richard Nevill
c. 1643
Oil on Canvas
114 x 91.4 cms
National Portrait Gallery.
William Dobson, by Josias English, published by  Thomas Rowlett, after  William Dobson, circa 1646-1649 - NPG D2277 - © National Portrait Gallery, London
William Dobson
by Josias English
Etching c 1646 - 49.
National Portrait Gallery

Thursday, 3 August 2017

George Holmes - Keeper of the Tower of London

George Holmes
Keeper of the Tower of London.
Engraving by George Vertue
Included in the blog as another example in the series of posts of busts depicted in 18th Century engravings.
The Cartouche shows the Record Office in the Tower of London.
Engraved by George Vertue for the Society of Antiquaries 1749.
Crop below showing the bust of a bearded philosopher

Friday, 21 July 2017

Engraved Portrait Bust of Robert Herrick

Bust of Robert Herrick
in the Garden of the Hesperides.
Sculptured bust of Robert Herrick on a pedestal with inscription; the garden of the Hesperides in the background; above, putti with wreaths; to the right, Pegasus on Mount Helicon; frontispiece to Herrick's 'Hesperides' (1648).  Engraving
Frontispiece from Herrick's Hesperides - 1649.
Engraving by William Marshall
161 x 95 mm
British Museum.
Continuing the theme of engraved Portraits depicted as sculpted busts.
Image result for Hesperides print
This image courtesy Sotheby's

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sir John Hawkwood & Niccolo da Tolentino

Sir John Hawkwood d.1394.
by Paulo Uccello
in the Duomo, Florence
Sir John Hawkwood
English Mercenary
Fresco mounted on canvas
820 x 515 cms.
Niccolo da Tolentino
by Andrea del Castagno (1423 - 57)
Niccolo da Tolentino
by Andrea del Castagno
833 x 512 cms

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Engraving of the Bust of Adolphe Jean, Duc de Deux Ponts

Engraving of the Bust of Adolphe Jean, Duc de Deux Ponts
c. 1690's.
Engraving by Jaques Grignon (c. 1640 - 1698). 
after a portrait by David Klocker Ehrenstrahl (1629 - 1698).
From Samuel, Freiherr von Pufendorf "Histoire de regne Charles Gustave, Roy de Suede" 1697.
no size given.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
This engraving included as a further example of an engraved portrait of a man depicted in the form of a portrait bust