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date: 09 May 2021

Verhulst, Romboutlocked

(b Mechelen, Jan 15, 1624; d The Hague, bur Nov 27, 1698).
  • Cynthia Lawrence


(b Mechelen, Jan 15, 1624; d The Hague, bur Nov 27, 1698).

Flemish sculptor, active in the Netherlands. He studied in Mechelen with Rombout Verstappen (d 1636) and Frans van Loo (fl 1607–35) and perhaps also with Lucas Faydherbe. In 1646 he moved to Amsterdam, where he later worked under Artus Quellinus (i) (e.g. portrait bust, Artus Quellinus, Utrecht, Cent. Mus.) on the decoration of the Amsterdam Stadhuis (now Royal Palace); at some point between 1646 and 1654 he may have made a trip to Italy. For the Stadhuis, Verhulst executed the figure of Venus and reliefs of Fidelity and Silence (before 1658) for its galleries and produced terracotta studies (c. 1655; Amsterdam, Rijksmus.) for the griffiersstoel (bench of the court clerk) and bronze doors of the Vierschaar (tribunal). In 1658 Verhulst was living in Leiden, where he was involved in decorative projects for Pieter Post’s Waag (Weighhouse), including the marble relief The Butter-seller (1662...

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