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Frisius [de Vries], Simon

Christiaan Schuckman

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Harlingen, c. 1580; d The Hague, 1629).

Dutch printmaker and merchant. He must have trained in Amsterdam before establishing himself in 1598 as a printmaker in Paris, where his accurate handling of the etching needle in imitation of the engraver’s burin proved to be highly suitable for illustrating the books of French calligraphers. He is important for the reintroduction of etching to Holland in the early 17th century. He made prints to illustrate Jan II van de Velde (i)’s Spieghel der Schrijfkonste (‘Mirror of calligraphy’; Rotterdam, 1605). From 1611 he was in The Hague, where in 1614 he became a member of the Guild of St Luke. His wide-ranging oeuvre comprises 230 or more prints of high quality, mainly etchings. Apart from the calligraphic illustrations there are prints after the early Dutch masters Jan Gossart and Lucas van Leyden, prints of historical subjects, the series of 68 portraits of artists, Pictorum aliquot celebrium praecipue Germaniae inferioris effigies...

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