Abraham Danielzsoon Hondius (de Hont or de Hond)(circa 1631-1691), Animal painter
Sitter in 11 portraits
Artist associated with 13 portraits
Hondius was a Dutch artist, but little is known about his early career. He left the Netherlands in 1671-2 to settle in London, working initially on projects for the Guildhall and for the Royal College of Physicians. In England, he mainly painted large town views and hunting scenes without figures, but he was also known to paint portraits. Hondius's biographer, the painter Jacob Campo Weyerman, later described the artist as 'a great man in his profession but quite unfortunate in his temperament which was not well served by his behavior … he left for England with someone else's wife with whom he lived as his genuine spouse.'