VISSCHER, Cornelis de (1629-1670)
[Ada, daughter of Theodoric VII and Adelheid] Ada, Theoderici VII et Adelheidis Filia, Successura Impperio in Comitum Serie XVta...
Haarlem: circa 1658. Engraving. Printed on laid paper. Collector's mark on verso of sheet. In excellent condition. Image size: 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 20 3/4 x 14 1/8 inches. Plate mark: 16 x 11 3/4 inches.
This striking engraving comes from a series of portraits executed by Cornelis de Visscher, one of the greatest seventeenth century Dutch engravers.
Visscher was born in Haarlem between 1628 and 1629, and remained in the city for his whole life. He studied the art of engraving from Pieter Soutman one of the most celebrated printmakers of the Dutch School. In 1653 he entered the Haarlem guild and earned a reputation as a talented and precise engraver. A prolific printmaker, Visscher scraped maps and charts as well as decorative plates, but it is for his lovingly etched portraits that he is best remembered. This handsome portrait is a superb example of his considerable skill. We have not yet been able to discover the identity of this woman, though there were Theodorics and Adelheids in early Medieval Holland. From the collection of Frederic R. Halsey, a famous New York print collector who was active during the latter part of the 19th century.
Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs; Lugt, Les Marques de Collections 1308.