Engraving, Gesigt in den Hout bij de Kegel-baan by Abraham Rademaker


Engraving by Abraham Rademaker from “All the most important signs of the famous city of Alkmaar, published in 1736. The engraving is beautifully framed and is in great condition. The image is 19 x 15 cm, the total dimensions are 45 x 36 cm.

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Abraham Rademaker (Lisse, 1676 / ’77 – Haarlem, January 21, 1735) was a Dutch painter, draftsman, printmaker and print dealer. He mainly produced topographically tinted drawings and painted landscapes. Certain buildings and landscapes could also be supplied to order. His father, Frederik Rademaker, was a glazier. Abraham was married to Maria Rosekrans and he was secular. In his youth, he was always busy drawing (…) with such a tough and uncommon closeness that he and his whole people were sitting in the house one after the other without going out. He taught himself the trade without a teacher, and Naeulyks was able to decorate it with grand buildings, ferocious geldings, beautiful Beeltjes and beasts, and also with all kinds of birds. His work was in great demand in the 18th century, as there were many collectors of topographical images. While in the 17th century mainly city descriptions and scenes were popular, in the 18th century the emphasis was placed on castles, country estates and ruins in the outlying area. Especially the books published with prints from his hand since 1725 were popular. This includes the Cabinet of Neederlandse Oudheeden and signs contained in three hundred plates. In the end he drew around 700 castles. The private individuals eventually sold these prints again and by way of work a lot of his work ended up in public museum collections during the 19th and 20th centuries. , composed by Jan van Gool.