Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver
Artist associated with 392 portraits
Jacobus Houbraken was the leading portrait engraver in eighteenth-century Holland. The son of the painter and art writer Arnold Houbraken, he settled in Amsterdam in 1707, and during his lifetime engraved 400 portraits after paintings by contemporary Dutch painters. Working with the historian and artist, George Vertue, Houbraken engraved most of the important representations of Britain's most noted men from the past. The project was entitled The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain and was published in London between 1743 and 1752.