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Monogram attributed to Abraham Bosse.


A. H.  

German, 16th – 17th century, male.

Monogram of an engraver, copyist. Religious subjects.

A. H. was a copyist of Albrecht Dürer. A print dated 1589 is attributed to him: The Virgin Crowned with Stars, after the work by Dürer.


Aa, Hillebrand van der  

Dutch, 18th century, male.

Active at the beginning of the 18th century.

Died 4 January 1742, in Leiden.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator.

Leiden School.

Hillebrand van der Aa is believed to have been related to Pietersz. Boudewyn and Hillebrand van der Aa. He served an apprenticeship in the bookselling trade but, at the same time, developed his skills in the fine arts and was admitted to the Leiden painters' guild on ...


Aartman, Nicolaas  

Dutch, 18th century, male.

Born 5 December 1713, in Amsterdam; died 5 March 1793.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator. Landscapes with figures, urban views, interiors.

Nicolaas Aartman worked for booksellers and executed a number of small drawings for illustrated books. There are two fine drawings of interiors by him in Amsterdam. His work was engraved by Kornleim and Jan Schoute....


Abad, Pacita  

Filipina, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 5 October 1946, in Basco, Batanes, the Philippines; died 7 December 2004, in Singapore.

Painter, draughtsman, collagist.

Born to a political family, Abad originally studied political science and law. As a student she organised protests against the fraudulent elections of 1969 that kept Ferdinand Marcos in office as president of the Philippines. As a result of her activism, Abad’s house was targeted, and she left the Philippines to continue her education in the USA. In 1973 she spent 12 months travelling through Asia, from Turkey to the Philippines. She later described how the clothing and adornments she observed on her travels would inspire her signature trapunto paintings. Returning home in 1974, Abad decided to become an artist.

Throughout her life Abad was an inveterate traveller. She was proud to say she had visited more than 100 countries. She lived or spent long periods in Washington, DC, New York, Boston, Bangladesh, Sudan, Bangkok, New Guinea, Indonesia, Singapore, and many other countries and regions. Her work was openly infused by what she saw and was detailed in the various books she made full of colourful drawings and collages. She believed that absorbing images and techniques from Korea, Indonesia, New Guinea, and other cultural settings would make her work globally comprehensible. Scuba diving also gave her immersive experiences which she sought to replicate in her work....


Abades, Juan Martínez  

Spanish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1862, in Gijón (Asturias); died 1920, in Madrid.

Painter, illustrator. History painting, portraits, landscapes, seascapes.

Juan Martínez Abades studied at the Escuela Especial de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado (school of painting, sculpture and engraving) in Madrid. While he was there he also took lessons from José Grajera. The award of a grant in ...


Abatt, Agnes Dean  

American, 19th – 20th century, female.

Born 23 June 1847, in New York; died 1917.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtswoman, illustrator. Landscapes, flowers.

Agnes Abatt studied art at the Cooper Institute and the International Academy of Art in New York, and later received advice from R. Swain Gifford and James D. Smilie....


Abay, Rowena Meeks (Mrs)  

American, 20th century, female.

Born 1887, in Vienna, Austria.

Painter, illustrator.


Abbatini, Guido Ubaldo or Guidobaldo  

Italian, 17th century, male.

Born c. 1600, in Città di Castello; died 1656.

Painter, fresco artist, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects.

A pupil of Giuseppe Cesari Cavaliero d'Arpino; reputed to be a skilful painter of historical themes and frescoes. He assisted Bernini on various projects. Abbatini is known to have painted the ceiling of the S Teresa Chapel in Rome's S Maria della Vittoria Church. He was a member of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. Also known for drawings made for the frontispiece and other plates for ...


Abbéma, Louise  

French, 19th – 20th century, female.

Born 30 October 1858, in Étampes; died 1927, in Paris.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, pastellist, engraver, draughtswoman, illustrator. Allegorical subjects, genre scenes, portraits, interiors, flowers. Decorative panels.

Abbéma was a pupil of Chaplin, Henner and Carolus-Duran. Until 1926, she exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français, gaining an honourable commendation in 1881 and a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900. She was made a Chévalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1906....


Abbey, Edwin Austin  

American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1 April 1852, in Philadelphia; died 1911, in London.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman (including ink), pastellist, illustrator. Historical subjects, genre scenes, landscapes, figures.

Edwin Austin Abbey's apprenticeship consisted of making drawings for a wood engraver before studying at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia and starting work as an illustrator. The drawings he supplied for ...


Abbott, John White  

British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1763, in Exeter; died 1851.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Landscapes with figures, natural history (animals/insects).

John White Abbott took up painting initially as a hobby but became well known for his landscapes with animals and human figures. He was particularly influenced by the lesser Dutch masters, notably Peter de Laes. His work sufficiently impressed contemporaries such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and Benjamin West that they urged him to exhibit at the Royal Academy, and he submitted work to the Academy between ...


Abbott, Samuel Nelson  

American, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1874, in Mechanicsville; died 1953.

Painter (gouache), illustrator. Genre scenes.

New York, 3 June 1982: Archery Lesson (gouache, 11 × 9½ ins/28 × 24.2 cm) USD 850


Abeillé, Jack  

French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 27 May 1873, in La Varenne-St-Hilaire.

Draughtsman, humorist, poster artist, illustrator.

Jack Abeillé collaborated on many newspapers and publications. He participated in collective exhibitions dedicated to humorous art, both in France and abroad. Most notably, he was one of the illustrators of ...


Abeking, Hermann  

German, 20th century, male.

Born 26 August 1882, in Berlin; died 4 July 1939, in Berlin.

Draughtsman, illustrator, poster artist, caricaturist.

Symbolism, Jugendstil.

Hermann Abeking was still very much influenced by the Jugendstil, and particularly by Aubrey Beardsley and Jan Toorop. He worked on several German magazines, including the ...


Abela, Eduardo  

Cuban, 20th century, male.

Born 1892, in Havana; died 1966.

Painter, illustrator, caricaturist. Landscapes.

Abela studied at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Cuba, after a period of working in a cigar factory. He lived in Paris from 1927 to 1930, then was made director of the free academy in Havana in 1937. He contributed to many Cuban newspapers. He is well-known as a caricaturist, having created the character of ...


Aberlenc, René  

French, 20th century, male.

Born 10 November 1920, in Alès (Gard); died 1971, in Paris.

Painter, illustrator. Portraits, landscapes, still-lifes.

Aberlenc was a self-taught painter, who was supported by the advice and help of local amateur artists. He travelled to Paris, where he linked up with artists from the Ruche Group, who were foreigners or provincials like himself, based in Vaugirard in the former Machines Pavilion from the Exposition Universelle of ...



Turkish, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1952.

Born 1913, in Istanbul; died 7 December 1993, in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne).

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator.

Group D.

Abidine began his artistic career in Istanbul when he was still extremely young. At the age of 15 he was producing catoons for the Turkish press. In ...


Abit, Lucienne  

French, 20th century, female.

Born 11 April 1914, in Paris; died 2002.

Painter, draughtsman, illustrator. Figures, still-lifes.

Lucienne Abit was a student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and qualified as a teacher in 1943. From 1966-1967, she took part in research seminars at the technical school for higher studies in Paris. In ...


Ablett, William Albert  

British, 20th century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 9 July 1877, in Paris; died 1937.

Painter, illustrator. Portraits, genre scenes.

Ablett spent a considerable part of his career in France, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Albert Aublet and Gérôme and was awarded a first prize. He then went on to exhibit at the Salon des Artistes Français, receiving an honourable mention in ...