|Artist||Jacobus Houbraken after Isaac Oliver|
|Published||Impensis J. & P. Knapton Londini, 1744.|
|Dimensions||Image 362 x 227 mm, Plate 374 x 235 mm|
Inscription below title reads: 'In the Collection of Sir Brownlow Sherrard Bart.'
Taken from the Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, a folio published in London between 1741 and 1752. Thomas Birch wrote passages on the lives of the characters; Houbraken illustrated them.
Jacobus Houbraken (1698 – 1780) was a Dutch engraver. Born in Dordrecht, he was the son of Arnold Houbraken; a painter and famous writer of the Dutch Golden age. De Groote Schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen, the most famous work of Arnold Houbraken's, was in fact readied for publication by Jacobus after his father's death. From here Jacobus proceeded to engrave portraits of Netherlandish celebrities, but it was through his collaboration with the historian Thomas Birch and artist George Vertue that Houbraken himself gained notoriety.
Isaac Oliver (1565 – 1617) was a French-born English portraitist. Born in Rouen, he moved to London in 1568 with his Huguenot parents Peter and Epiphany Oliver to escape the Wars of Religion in France. He then studied miniature painting under Nicholas Hilliard; and developed a naturalistic style, which was largely influenced by Italian and Flemish art.
Condition: Laid down.