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The True Effigies Of the most Eminent Painters, And Other Famous Artists That have Flourished in Europe. Curiously Engraven on Copper-Plates. Together With an Account of the Time when they Lived, the most remarkable passages of their Lives, and most considerable Works. Very useful for all such Gentlemen as are Lovers of Art and Ingenuity. -

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Image De Divers Hommes DEsprit Sublime


(London:: Printed for D. Browne at ye Black Swan & T. Browne at ye Pestle and Mortar without Temple Barr: and to be Sold by them, and I. Smith at the West end of Exeter Exchange), Printed in the Year, MDCXCIV.

Physical Description

[2], 18 p., add. engr. t.pl., [4], 121 pl.; 314 mm.


[T.pl., t.p.] - A short Account of the Lives of the Painters and other Artists Contained in this Book ... - [Engr. t.pl., 'Image De Divers Hommes DEsprit Sublime ... A Anvers ... M.DC.XLIX'] - [Allegoric plate] - [Two unnumbered ports.] - [Plates 1-121].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are signed by their engravers - Paulus Pontius, Robert Smith, Dominicus Lampsonius, 'IH.W', 'W.I.', Dom. Lampsonius and 'IHW' in the plate, Aegid. Ruchel, Hend. Snyers, Corn. van Caukercken, W. Hollar, I. Meyssens, Pet. de Iode, Coenr. Waumans, Franc. vande Steen, Petr. Balleu (Balliu), P. v. Leysebetten, Ant. Coget (Coyet?), Lucas Vorstermans jun., Iacobus Neefs, Ant. vande Does, Frederic(k) Bouttats jun., Richard Collin, C. van Savoyen (etcher), Coenraerd Lauwers, Cornelis Meyssens, Alex. Voet, 'P.C.'

Most are also signed by the intaglio printer, Ioannes Meyssens; some, by the printer Th. Galle.


ESTC, R6548

Summary Note

The added engraved title-plate reads, 'The True Effigies of the most Emminent Painters And Other Famous Artists That have Flourished in Europe Curiously Engraven on 125 Copper Plates London, Printed for D. Browne at ye Black Swan & T. Browne at ye Pestle and Mortar without Temple Barr: and to be Sold by them, and I. Smith at the West end of Exeter Exchange'.

The plates consist of: the added engraved title-plate; four unnumbered plates (viz. an earlier engraved title-plate with the imprint of Antwerp 1649, an allegory of Rome, and two portraits); numbered plates 1-121, showing portraits of artists, captioned with names of sitters and painters. Most sitters are Dutch or Belgian.

The earlier engraved title-plate reads, 'Image De Divers Hommes d Esprit Sublime Qui Par Leur Art Et Science Deburovent Vivre Eternellement et Des Quels La Louange Et Renommée Faict Estonner Le Monde A Anvers Mis En Lumiere Par Iean Meyssens Peinctre et Vendeur De LArt Au Cammestraet L'An. M.DC.XLIX.' The plates of the British publication are derived from this work and also from D. Lampson's Pictorum aliquot celebrium Germaniae inferioris effigies (1572).


A microfilm copy was published in 1972 (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms).

Binding Note

17th-century panelled calf; rebacked in 19th century, brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Effigies Of Painters', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1694'.


Painters - Artists - Europe - Netherlands - Belgium - History
Biography - Portraits - Great Britain - 17th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 17th century


Daniel Browne I, publisher
T. Browne, publisher
I. Smith, bookseller
Paulus Pontius, engraver
Robert Smith, engraver
Dominique Lampsonius, engraver
Hendrick Snijers, engraver
Cornelis van Caukercken, engraver
Wenceslaus Hollar
Johannes Meyssens, engraver, intaglio printer
Pieter de Jode the Younger, engraver
Koenraad Waumans, engraver
Franciscus van den Steen, engraver
P. de Balliu, engraver
Antony van der Does, engraver
Frederik Bouttats, engraver
Richard Collin, engraver
Carel van Savoy, engraver
Coenrads Lauwers, engraver
Cornelis Meyssens, engraver
Alexander Voet, engraver