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John De Critz the Elder (circa 1550-1642)
Artist associated with 9 portraits
John de Critz was one of a number of painters of Flemish and Dutch origin active at the English royal court during the reigns of James I and Charles I. His parents brought him as a boy to England from Antwerp, during the Habsburg persecution of Dutch Protestants, and apprenticed him to the artist and poet Lucas de Heere, also from Antwerp. By the late 1590s, De Critz had established himself as an independent artist. In 1603, he was appointed serjeant painter to the king at first jointly with Leonard Fryer and from 1610 jointly with Robert Peake the Elder.