Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (Biographical details)

Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (printmaker; collector; Dutch; Male; 1726 - 1798)

Also known as

Ploos van Amstel, Cornelis; Amstel, Cornelis Ploos van; Ploos van Amstel, Cornelis Jacobsz

Biography

Wood merchant and collector of old master drawings in Amsterdam. Devised new methods of making facsimiles of drawings ('prenttekening'), and published forty-six of them in twenty-one different sets between 1765-1787 in editions of 350 impressions, called 'Ectypa'; later bound together. He worked with other printmakers who were obliged to keep the newly invented techniques secret. Some of his assistants include Bernard Schreuder, Elisabeth van Woensel, Cornelis Buys, Cornelis Brouwer. His printer was Johannes Körnlein. Son-in-law of Cornelis Troost (q.v.).

Bibliography

Th. Laurentius, J.W. Niemeijer and G. Ploos van Amstel, 'PvA kunstverzamelaar en prentuitgever', Assen 1980 (with catalogue)
Elmer Eusman, PQ XVII 2000, pp.248-61 'PvA's mark'
Lugt 2034, 2117, 2118, 2118a, 2725, 3002, 3003, 3004