Jan Goeree

Jan Goeree

A sacrificial scene, presumably set in the New World

Jan Goeree was born in Middelburg in 1670. His father, Willem Goeree, was a book dealer. At a young age, Jan moved with his father to Amsterdam, where he would remain active until the end of his life. After studying with Gerard de Lairesse, he became an engraver and a poet. Several of his engravings show city houses and interiors in Amsterdam. In 1705 he was commissioned to provide the designs for the vault paintings of the great hall of Amsterdam city hall. He later supervised their execution.

Goeree designed many title pages and book illustrations (undoubtedly having been influenced by his father), such as the title page for Graevius’ Thesaurus Antiquitatum Romanarum. The present drawing forms part of a series of scenes depicting life in the New World. Interestingly, the drawing was done on the back of a printed book page, dated 1695 – providing a post quem for the date of creation of the series. As all of these drawings were squared for transfer, they were most likely intended as book illustrations, although they do not seem to have been published.

 

Artist: Jan Goeree (Middelburg 1670 - 1731 Amsterdam)
Medium: ink and wash on laid paper, squared for transfer in sanguine
Dimensions: 129 x 178 mm