A typical example of the work of Dutch 18th century printmaker JACOBUS HOUBRAKEN (1698-1780), titled "Abraham van der Hulst/Vice-Admiraal van Holland en West-Vriesland". The small engraving measures 6 1/2" by 4 3/8" inside the mat opening and 9 1/2" by 7 1/2" framed. Houbraken was born in Dordrecht. He learned the art of engraving from his artist father Arnold Houbraken. In the course of his lifetime he executed over 400 such portrait engravings, many of the likenesses being today the only known imagery of the sitter. Houbraken helped his father produce a visual record of artists of the Dutch Golden Age. This print is in very good condition, affixed with old drying tape to the back of the crudely cut mat; a professional acid-free mat would be welcome.
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