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  • ID: ind03225
  • Name: Gerard DOUW
  • Given Name: Gerard
  • Surname: Douw
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 07 APR 1613 in Leiden, South-Holland, Netherlands 1
  • Note:
  • Death: 09 FEB 1675
  • Age: 61y 10m 2d
  • Note: b. Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands; Dutch genre and portrait painter of Leiden, also known as Gerrit Dou. The son of a glass painter, he was apprenticed to an engraver and worked from 1628 to 1631 in the studio of the young Rembrandt. Although he occasionally borrowed Rembrandt's themes, he was more detailed and meticulous in his execution. His scenes of domestic, middle-class life were tremendously popular and often imitated. Among his most famous works are Evening Light (Rijks Museum), Young Man (The Hague), The Cook (Louvre), and a self-portrait (Metropolitan Museum) Born at Leiden on 7 April 1613, the son of a glass-engraver. He was apprenticed to an engraver and then to a glass-engraver before entering the glaziers' guild in 1625. On 24 February 1628 he entered Rembrandt's studio, remaining there probably until his master's removal to Amsterdam in 1631/2. He then became an independent master. In 1648 he was a founder member of the Leiden guild. He painted genre and history subjects, portraits and still lifes in a meticulous style which was lavishly rewarded by noble patrons who included Christina of Sweden, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria and Charles II of England (whose invitation to London Dou is said to have refused). He was the founder of the school known as the Fijnschilders ('fine painters') whose influence lasted into the nineteenth century. His whole life was spent in Leiden, where he owned four houses, and where he was buried in February 1675. Gerrit Dou never married and had the reputation of being obsessively neat and detail-oriented. He died in Leiden in 1675 and was buried in the St. Pieters Kerk on 9 February of the same year.; [R074a] The Mayflower Descendant >> <<

    Father: Douw Janszoon VANARENTSVELT b: 1580 in Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands
    Mother: Maria JANS b: 1589 in Leiden, South-Holland, Netherlands

    1. Title: The Mayflower Descendant
      Quarterly Publication
      Publication: Plymouth, MA
      Publisher: General Society of Mayflower Descendants
      Publication Date: 1897
      Issue: C14
      Edition: Vol. 1-46
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