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Monogram attributed to Abraham Bosse.


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 ...


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....


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 ...


American, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active in Exeter, USA, from 1770 to 1810.

Engraver. Ex-libris plates.


Flemish School, 18th century, male.

Engraver (line-engraving).

Joannes Aerts was a member of the guild in 1752. He is credited with an engraving entitled Satyr Carrying a Basket of Books.


French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1757, in Niort (Deux-Sèvres); died 1828.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits.

His religious and mythological scenes and his portraits sometimes have a lyric quality reminiscent of Delacroix. He is also known for his Schemes for a New System for Promotion of the Arts...


Italian, 18th century, male.

Born c. 1750, in Rome.

Painter, copyist. Religious subjects.

Followed in the footsteps of his mentor Christoph Unterberger, painting chiefly churches, but also produced drawings for subsequent engraving, notably: Christ on the Cross (De la Cour) and Life of Jesus and the Virgin...


Spanish, 18th century, male.

Born 1731, in Yecla; died 1800, in Mexico City.

Painter, copyist. Portraits.

Ginés de Aguirre went to Madrid early in his career, in 1745, to study at the Real Academia de San Fernando. While in Madrid, he made a serious study of Velázquez and Luca Giordano, and painted copies of the two great masters' works. He also produced numerous portraits of King Charles III. In ...


Dutch, 18th century, male.

Active in England at the beginning of the 18th century.

Engraver. Frontispieces.

Arnout van Aken was the brother of Joseph van Aken. He is known to have engraved frontispieces for plays and other small publications for London booksellers.