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Flemish, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born in Brussels.

Engraver, draughtsman, jeweller.

Flemish School.

Franz Aspruck was probably a pupil of R. Spranger. A number of plates by Aspruck, bearing the initials F. A., survive: 13 plates after Agostino Caracci and a small allegorical depiction of ...


French, 17th century, male.

Engraver, jeweller.

Jean-Charles Chéron was brother to Henri and father to the medallist Charles-Jean Chéron. He worked in Nancy for Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine.


French, 17th century, male.

Active in Strasbourg.

Draughtsman. Costume studies.


British, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born 1547, in Exeter; died c. 1619, in London.

Miniaturist, jeweller.

Nicholas Hilliard, the son of a goldsmith, was apprenticed to his father's trade but preferred the art of the miniature. In 1570 his name appears on the register of the Goldsmiths' Company, and he became miniaturist and goldsmith to Queen Elizabeth I, of whom he painted a number of portraits, including one which shows her covered with jewels depicted in detail - he was, after all, a jeweller. He may have visited France and perhaps met Ronsard. In ...


Bohemian, 17th century, male.

Born 23 July 1607, in Prague; died 25 March 1677, in London.

Engraver, reproductions engraver, draughtsman, watercolourist, illustrator. Historical subjects, portraits, urban landscapes, landscapes, animals, costume studies. Maps.

Bohemian School.

Wenceslaus Hollar was the son of a clerk at the court of justice in Prague, and his family intended him to take up a legal career. However, he left Prague in 1627 and settled in Frankfurt, where he became a pupil of Matthaus Merian the Elder, from whom he learned the art of cartography. He travelled across Germany, making numerous drawings and engravings of the towns he visited. After stays in Strasbourg, Frankfurt and Mainz, he met the Earl of Arundel, English ambassador to Ferdinand III, in Cologne and returned with him to Prague. From there he accompanied him to Vienna and finally to England, where he arrived in 1637....


French, 17th century, male.


Local figures, local scenes, costume studies.

Georges de La Chapelle came from Caen. He was active between 1638 and 1648. He accompanied the French ambassadors to the sultan of Constantinople, where he produced portraits of this king’s most famous favourites, which were published in 1648 under the title Collection of Various Portraits of the Principal Ladies of the Turkish Sultan’s Court... ‘by George de la Chapelle, Town Painter of Caen.’ N. Cochin (probably Nicolas Cochin), engraved the 12 plates for the work after paintings of La Chapelle’s that have since been lost. During his stay in Toulon (where he arrived in 1639), La Chapelle painted four pictures of battle scenes, coats-of-arms, and an Arrival of Comte Alais in Toulon.

Thematic collective exhibitions include: 2002, Mysteries of the 17th century: An Exploration of the Graphic Art Collection (Les Mystérieux du XVIIe siècle. Une enquête au cabinet d’art graphique...


Dutch, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born 1555, in Utrecht; died 1613 or 1614, in Prague.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, medallist, goldsmith, jeweller.

Munich School, Prague School.

Paulus van Vianen was the pupil of his father Willem Ezestensz. van Vianen, a medal maker and goldsmith, and of Cornelius Flertz or Elertz. He first travelled to Florence and then came to Munich in 1596 where he became a master in 1599. He was appointed jeweller to Emperor Rudolph II....


Dutch, 17th century, male.

Died 1616, in Amsterdam.

Painter, jeweller.