Vandergucht family [Gucht, van der]
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[Gucht, van der]
English family of artists of Flemish origin. (1) Michael Vandergucht left Antwerp for London before 1700. He trained his sons (2) Gerard Vandergucht and (3) John Vandergucht, both of whom, like their father, were primarily active as book illustrators. Gerard had at least thirty children, but only one, (4) Benjamin Vandergucht, pursued an artistic career, becoming a painter and picture dealer.
(b Antwerp, 1660; d London, Oct 16, 1725).
Illustrator and painter. He studied with Frederick Bouttats (d 1676) in Antwerp and by 1700 was in London, where he studied with the artist David Loggan and began contributing engravings to illustrated books. These usually adopted the designs of other artists; for example, his engravings for Jacob Tonson’s edition (1697) of Virgil were based on works by Wenzel Hollar, William Faithorne and others. His speciality was the portrait frontispiece, for instance that for Daniel Defoe’s ...