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Adriaen van der Werff (1659-1722), Painter, draughtsman, mezzotint engraver and architect

Artist associated with 90 portraits
Born in Rotterdam, Van der Werff first studied under Cornelis Pecolet and later under Eglon van der Neer, and established himself at the age of seventeen as a painter of historical subjects. His acquaintance with the art enthusiast Flink gave him the opportunity to work on a fine collection of drawings by the old masters. In 1696 the Elector Palatine, passing through Rotterdam, admired Van der Werff's work and commissioned him to paint a Judgement of Solomon and also his portrait for the Duke of Tuscany. The artist took the completed works to Düsseldorf and enjoyed great success there. The Elector granted him a pension in return for spending six months of the year at his court; he was ennobled in 1703.

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D32637

Frederick V, King of Bohemia

after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, 1632
NPG D32637

D24185

Catherine Howard

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24185

D24192

Katherine Parr

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24192

D24197

Margaret Tudor

by Gerard Valck, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24197

D24203

James V of Scotland

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24203

D24206

Madeleine de Valois

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24206

D24207

Mary of Guise

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D24207

D24209

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

probably by Nicholas Pitaut II, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, possibly late 17th century
NPG D24209

D25003

Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, probably late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D25003

D25147

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D25147

D26201

Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange

by Gerard Valck, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D26201

D28552

William I, Prince of Orange

by Gerard Valck, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D28552

D31055

King William III

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D31055

D37268

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D37268

D7459

Sir Nicholas Bacon

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th-early 18th century
NPG D7459

D18576

King James II

after Adriaen van der Werff
line and stipple engraving, late 17th century
NPG D18576

D21152

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D21152

D21153

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

by Cornelis Martinus Vermeulen, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D21153

D23851

Elizabeth of York

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, 1697
NPG D23851

D24244

Thomas Wolsey

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, possibly 1697
NPG D24244

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