Egbert van Heemskerck I (Biographical details)

Egbert van Heemskerck I (painter/draughtsman; Dutch; British; Male; 1645 - 1704)

Also known as

Heemskerck, Egbert van; Heemskerk, Egbert van; Hemskerk, Egbert Jaspersz.

Biography

Dutch painter; born in Haarlem, step-brother of Jan Wijnants (q.v.). Moved to London around 1680/5 where he died. Very little is known of his life, except that he was a friend of Laroon; both made portraits of each other. He specialised in genre subjects in the Dutch taste, especially scenes set in taverns, courts and schools. To these he added a genre that he invented, the Quaker painting. Buckeridge says that 'his drunken drolls, his wakes, his quaker-meetings have been in vogue among the waggish collectors and the lower rank of virtuosi' and that 'he was a man of humour, and for that much valued by the late Earl of Rochester'.

Bibliography

Robert Raines, 'Notes on Egbert van Heemskerk and the English taste for genre', Walpole Society, LIII 1987, pp.119-142