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Egbert van Heemskerck the Elder (circa 1635-1704), Artist

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 9 portraits
Van Heemskerck was a painter from Haarlem who worked in England from about 1675 until his death. He specialised in a kind of subject matter common in The Netherlands but new to English painting: depictions of groups of ordinary people in comic or vulgar situations, including rowdy tavern scenes, Quaker meetings and school classrooms. He worked at the court of Charles II. He may have been patronised by the extravagant courtier, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. According to contemporary critics his work also found a flourishing market among 'the waggish collectors and the lower rank of virtuosi'.

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Egbert van Heemskerck the Elder

attributed to Egbert van Heemskerck the Elder
oil on canvas, after 1674
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6651


John Riley; Egbert van Heemskerk the Younger

by Alexander Bannerman, after John Riley, and after Egbert van Heemskerk the Younger
line engraving, circa 1762
NPG D36123