- Christiaan Schuckman
(fl after Alkmaar, 1698; d Alkmaar, June 18, 1730).
Dutch painter, draughtsman and etcher. Possibly the son of the glass painter Claes Pietersz. van der Meulen (1642–93), he was already drawing and making watercolours, as can be seen from works dated 1698/9 now in Rotterdam (Mus. Boymans–van Beuningen) and Amsterdam (Rijksmus.), before joining the Alkmaar painters’ guild in 1700. About then he designed and etched a series of 16 prints, published by Petrus Schenck (1660–1713) in Amsterdam under the title Navigiorum aedificatio. This title only partly covers the scope of the images: besides the building of a ship, from the laying of the keel to the heeling over, the illustrations show how a ship is fitted out and launched, how it sustains damage during a sea battle, how it is driven ashore and the final sadness of being towed to a breaker’s yard. The series is unique, although a similar plan underlies a series of 17 prints etched by ...