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Adams, Tate  

(b Holywood, County Down, Ireland, Jan 26, 1922).

Australian painter, printmaker, book designer, lecturer, collector, gallery director and publisher of limited edition artists’ books, of Irish decent. He worked as a draughtsman before entering war service in the British Admiralty from 1940 to 1949, including five years in Colombo, where he made sketching trips to jungle temples with the Buddhist monk and artist Manjsiro Thero. Between 1949 and 1951 Adams worked as an exhibition designer in London and studied wood-engraving with Gertrude Hermes in her evening class at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design). In 1951, after moving to Melbourne, Adams began a 30-year teaching commitment at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), where he instructed many of the younger generation of Australian printmakers, including George Baldessin and Jan Senbergs. A brief return to Britain and Ireland in 1957–8 provided experience with Dolmen Press, Dublin, which published his first book of engravings, ...


Aelst, Nicolaus van  

Flemish, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born c. 1527, in Brussels; died 1612, in Rome.

Engraver, draughtsman, print publisher.

Flemish School.

Nicolaus van Aelst learned drawing and engraving in his home town of Brussels, then went to Rome where he set up a thriving trade in prints. This was his main activity, although he continued to engrave with a burin. It should be noted, however, that he was only the printer of the engraving of the statue of Henry II, the original artist being Tempesta....


Amelisz., Johan  

Dutch, 17th century, male.

Painter, publisher.

Johan Amelisz. was a member of the Utrecht painters' guild in 1616-1617. He was also a publisher.


Avont, Pieter van  

Jetty E. van der Sterre

(bapt Mechelen, Jan 14, 1600; d Deurne, Antwerp, Nov 1, 1652).

Flemish painter, draughtsman and printmaker . In 1622–3 he became a master in the Guild of St Luke, Antwerp. In 1625–6 he took on Peter van de Cruys (fl 1625–44) as his pupil, who was followed by Frans Wouters in 1629 and Wouters’s brother, Pieter Wouters (1617–after 1632), in 1631–2. In 1631 van Avont became a citizen of Antwerp.

A recurring motif in van Avont’s work is a group of figures dominated by children and putti; these appear in a variety of forms—the Infant Christ, John the Baptist, angels—in van Avont’s many pictures of the Holy Family. The figure groups in these pieces are often of the same type: angels paying tribute to the Virgin and Child. The grouping is identical in several paintings. Van Avont also used figures of children in his bacchanals and in such allegorical scenes as the Four Elements (Basle, Kstmus.) and ...


Baig, Theodor  

German, 17th century, male.

Born in Nuremberg.

Draughtsman, print publisher.

Known for a series of 12 ornamental pieces.


Baltens [Balten; Balthazarszoon; Custodis], Peeter  

Jan Van der Stock


(b Antwerp, c. 1526–28; d Antwerp, 1584).

South Netherlandish painter, draughtsman, engraver and publisher. He was the son of the sculptor Balten Janszoon de Costere (fl 1524). In 1550 he became a master in the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp and in 1569 its dean. Primarily on the authority of van Mander, Baltens was long considered to be an inferior imitator of Bruegel family, §1 the elder. Baltens’s best-known work, the signed St Martin’s Day Kermis (e.g. versions Amsterdam, Rijksmus.; Antwerp, Kon. Mus. S. Kst.), was formerly thought to be a free copy after Bruegel’s treatment of the subject, known through an engraving and the Gift of St Martin, a fragment on cloth (Vienna, Ksthist. Mus.). The relationship between Baltens and Bruegel is, however, more complicated. In 1551 they collaborated on an altarpiece (destr.) for the Mechelen Glovemakers. Baltens’s other works, for example the Ecce homo (Antwerp, Kon. Acad. S. Kst.), reveal that the two artists were closely associated: a group from the ...


Baudous, Robert Willemsz.  

Flemish, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born c. 1575, in Brussels; died c. 1656.

Painter, engraver, print publisher. Seascapes, still-lifes.

Flemish School.

Robert Willemsz. Baudous lived in Amsterdam from 1591. In the first half of the 17th century he was working in Brussels. He was still alive in ...


Beauvarlet, Jacques Firmin  

French, 18th century, male.

Born 25 September 1731, in Abbeville; died 7 December 1797, in Abbeville.

Draughtsman, engraver (etching/burin), print publisher.

He came to Paris when he was very young, and trained with Charles Dupuis and Laurent Cars. He quickly earned a reputation as a skilled engraver. His work is characterised by fine, fluid, deft strokes of the burin. He was granted the title of Engraver to the King and, on ...


Belot, Thomas  

French, 16th century, male.

Active in Paris in 1573.

Painter, engraver, print publisher.

Marolles says that Thomas Belot was a painter. A print exists by him, made in Laon and dated 1566, entitled Image Representing the Triumphant Victory of Our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ...



French, 19th century, male.

Active at the beginning of the 19th century in Paris.

Painter, publisher, print publisher.

Le Blanc cites his Collection of Engravings ( Un recueil de gravures) based on antique vases.


Bénez, A  

French, 19th century, male.

Active in the middle of the 19th century.

Draughtsman, designer of ornamental architectural features, engraver (etching), print publisher.


Birckenhultz, Paul  

German, 17th century, male.

Active in Germany.

Draughtsman, engraver (burin), print publisher. Ornaments, decorative designs, frontispieces.

Paul Birckenhultz's engravings included ornamental plates, frontispieces and various works for silver- and goldsmiths. Mention should also be made of an engraving depicting The Four Elements.


Birmann, Samuel  

Y. Boerlin-Brodbeck

(b Basle, Aug 11, 1793; d Basle, Sept 27, 1847).

Swiss painter and publisher, son of Peter Birmann. From about 1811 he worked in his father’s studio, where he drew mainly landscapes in pencil, pen, watercolour and bistre (e.g. Rigi, 1814; Basle, Kstmus.). In 1815 he went to Rome with the landscape painters Jakob Christoph Bischoff (1793–1825) and Friedrich Salathé (1793–1858). He executed a few oil paintings and also studies and detailed landscapes, usually in the hills around Rome, for which he employed pen, pencil, watercolour and wash. In 1817 he visited Sicily and produced drawings of luminous horizons in a Romantic vein, precisely delineated, yet with an economy of detail. In late 1817 he returned to Basle and worked in his father’s business while sketching in the Alps each summer. In 1818 he exhibited in Berne and in 1820, 1821 and 1825 in Zurich. In 1822, together with a group of other Swiss artists that included his brother ...


Bligny, Honoré-Thomas  

French, 18th century, male.

Active in Paris.

Died 1785.

Painter, print publisher.


Bloteling, Abraham  

Dutch, 17th century, male.

Born 1640, in Amsterdam, where he was baptised 2 December; died 1690, buried 20 January.

Engraver, draughtsman, print publisher.

Bloteling was the son of Abraham Blooteling, and possibly the pupil of Cornelis Visscher. He studied under Cornelis van Dalen. In 1676 he journeyed to England, where his works were highly regarded, thereafter returning to Amsterdam. He made his will in 1689 and died the following year. His pupils included Abr. Meynderts and Johannes-Willem von Munnickhuysen. In 2001, he was represented at the exhibition ...


Bowyer, Robert  

David Blayney Brown

(b London, c. 1758; d Byfleet, Surrey, June 4, 1834).

Miniature painter and publisher. He was originally self-taught and then a pupil of John Smart (1741–1811), whose work he copied and whose style he imitated: between 1783 and 1828 he was an occasional exhibitor at the Royal Academy, being appointed in 1789 painter in watercolours to George III and miniature painter to Queen Charlotte (1744–1818). He was a keen promoter of history painting and in 1792 launched a prospectus for an edition of David Hume’s History of England, to be ‘superbly embellished’ with illustrations engraved after historical paintings by leading artists, including Benjamin West, Robert Smirke, Francis Wheatley and Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg. Bowyer also published the Historic Gallery, which, until its failure, with great financial loss, in 1806, provided substantial patronage to history painters and fostered a taste for national history paintings, especially of medieval subjects. The five folios that appeared contained, in addition to engravings of historical paintings, engraved portraits, manuscripts and antiquarian material. Bowyer also published ...


Browne, Alexander  

David Rodgers

(fl 1660–83)

English miniature painter, writer, printmaker and print publisher. In 1665 he taught limning to Elizabeth Pepys, wife of Samuel Pepys, probably on the recommendation of Pepys’s superior, Sir William Penn, whose daughter he had previously taught. Pepys, finding Browne over-familiar, terminated the acquaintance the following year. In 1669 Browne published Ars Pictoria, or an Academy Treating of Drawing, Painting, Limning and Etching, with 31 plates etched by himself after Old Master painters. It was published with Browne’s portrait by Jacob Huysmans, engraved by Arnold de Jode (b 1638; fl 1658–66), as its frontispiece. Six years later Browne added An Appendix to the Art of Painting in Miniture [sic] or Limning, etc and in 1677 published A Commodious Drawing Book with 40 plates after modern masters. In 1683, according to Horace Walpole, Browne obtained a 14-year patent to publish 100 mezzotint prints from works by Anthony van Dyck and ...


Brun, Isaac  

German, 17th century, male.

Active in Strasbourg from 1615 to 1653.

Born c. 1590, in Pressburg (now Bratislava, Slovakia).

Draughtsman, engraver (burin), print publisher.

Isaac Brun was the son of Franz Brun. His style recalls that of Th. de Bry and the sparseness of his plates caused him to be classified with the minor German masters. His best-known artworks cover religious subjects, portraits and in particular four engravings of Strasbourg Cathedral, one of which is particularly remarkable in its depiction of the entire building. It is dated ...


Charmoy, Cozette de  

French Canadian, 20th century, female.

Born in London, to an English mother and a French father.

Painter, draughtswoman, engraver, poet, publisher. Artists' books.

Visual Poetry.

Cozette de Charmoy has lived and worked in London, Canada and Switzerland, but did not go to art school in either England or Canada. She was inspired to become an artist by her knowledge of the avant-garde movements of the Sixties and Seventies, and by the people she met, most notably Henri Chopin, the publisher of the ...


Chartier, Jean  

Marianne Grivel

(fl 1558–74).

French painter, draughtsman, print publisher and possibly engraver. He was a painter working in Orléans and published about 20 prints, dated between 1558 and 1574, which he may have engraved himself. He may have gained his knowledge of the art of the School of Fontainebleau from Jacques Androuet du Cerceau (i), who was at one point established in Orléans. It is possible, however, that he worked at the château of Fontainebleau, since his engraving the Masquerade of Persepolis is an interpretation of a painting by Francesco Primaticcio in the chamber of the Duchesse d’Etampes there. Chartier also published and possibly engraved the same artist’s Ulysses Recognized by his Dog, the 34th picture in the Galerie d’Ulysse at Fontainebleau. Original prints by him, such as Blazons of Virtue and the Naked Man Walking on Hot Coals, are typical of the style of Fontainebleau and representative of provincial French Mannerism in their almost excessive and somewhat angular refinement....