Claes Jansz. Visscher (Biographical details)

Claes Jansz. Visscher (publisher/printer; printmaker; painter/draughtsman; Dutch; Male; 1587 - 1652)

Also known as

Visscher, Claes Jansz.; Piscator; Visscher, Nicolaes Jansz


Amsterdam "woonende inde Kalber-straet" (1633)


Amsterdam. Began as a draughtsman and engraver from 1605, but turned publisher from 1606, and became the largest dealer of his day, specialising in buying and reprinting older plates. He might have been a pupil of David Vinckboons. Father of Nicolaes Visscher I (qv), who inherited the business.
An album with 21 sets of his publications is in the BL (C.175.m.32, ex-Joseph Banks)


Hollstein XXXVIII-XXXIX (text and plates)
Huigen Leeflang, 'The sign of CJV and his progeny', Rijksmuseum Bulletin, 2014, pp.241-69.