|Method||Copper engraving and etching|
|Artist||after Boëtius Adamsz Bolswert|
|Dimensions||Image 233 x 312 mm, Plate 237 x 320 mm, Sheet 267 x 336 mm|
A view of the main square of the Royal Exchange in Amsterdam, also known as the exchange of Hendrik de Keyser. From a Dutch edition of Johannes Iascius Pontanus' "Historische beschrijving der seer wijt beroemde coop-stadt Amsterdam" ("Historical account of the famous trade city Amsterdam") published in 1614. The same plate first published in the Latin edition in 1611.
Boëtius Adamsz Bolswert (c.1585-1633) was a renowned copperplate engraver born in Friesland. He was the elder brother of the engraver Schelte à Bolswert. He apprenticed with Abraham Bloemaert, and in around 1610 Bolswert worked in Amsterdam, and sometimes also in Utrecht. Reproductions of large landscapes by David Vinckboons and Gillis van Coninxloo III were among his early successes. In 1615 and 1616 he was licensed by the Dutch State-General to engrave the portraits of Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt, and in 1618 he depicted the ceremonial funeral-bed of the newly-deceased Philipp Wilhelm, Prince of Orange. In 1620 he was admitted into the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp. In 1624 he collaborated with the Brussels Jesuit Father Herman Hugo (1588–1629) on the production of the highly popular devotional book Pia Desideria. In 1627, whilst working in Brussels, he published his own devotional book Duyfkens ende Willemynkens Pelgrimagie, which was later translated into French. Bolswert established two publishing houses, one in Holland, and a larger one in Belgium. He was influenced by Philip Galle and similar engravers, as well as the painter Rubens' rendering of form.
after Hollstein Dutch, Bolswert, 362.
Condition: Trimmed to and within plate mark at left edge, with slight loss and small tear, part of margin added. Folds as issued, and slight creasing. Old repaired tear to bottom of right fold.