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Crispijn de Passe the Younger (1594-circa 1670), Printmaker
Artist associated with 3 portraits
The son of prominent Dutch engraver and publisher Crispijn Van de Passe the Elder and the brother of engravers Simon, Willem and Magdalena de Passe. His father was the founder of a publishing house in Cologne that produced portraits of European nobility and other prints. The family were forced to leave Cologne because of their Anabaptist faith. They moved to Utrecht where van de Passe started another prosperous business, producing prints for the English market. After the death of his father in 1637, Crispijn was left to carry on the business, his siblings having all moved abroad. He resettled in Amsterdam but was not successful in his work and died in poverty.