Antonina Houbraken

Trompe l'oeil with silver medal celebrating Dr. Nicolaes Tulp's fourth term as mayor of Amsterdam

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Antonina Houbraken

Dordrecht 1686 - 1736 Amsterdam

Trompe l'oeil with silver medal celebrating Dr. Nicolaes Tulp's fourth term as mayor of Amsterdam

Pen and black ink and grey and yellow-brown wash, over black chalk, within black ink framing lines;

signed lower right of the fictive sheet of paper: Antonina houbraken, and inscribed, below medallion: Dr Nicolaas Tulp. Ao1672. / oudste Raad.Burgermeester van Amsterdam

297 by 208 mm

Bears stamp, verso, indicating the drawing was at one point a gift from Dr. B.W.Th. Nuyens (1866-1945)

Antonina Houbraken was the daughter of the famous painter, engraver and artists' biographer Arnold Houbraken (1660-1719) and second wife of Jacob Stellingwerff (1667-1727). Jacob, who was a goldsmith by profession, became an amateur draughtsman or copyist after his marriage to Antonina in 1723. His two main clients were Matheus Brouërius van Nidek and Andries Schoemaker.

After her husband's death, Antonina continued drawing for Andries Schoemaker and signed most of these drawings with Stellingwerff's monogram, only rarely signing with her own name. By far the largest part of her small oeuvre is in the Schoemaker manuscripts. Several drawings are known in which Antonina worked together with Jacob. She appears to have been a more talented artist than either her husband or her father; in fact, it was Antonina who taught Stellingwerff the art of drawing.

This trompe l'oeil drawing shows the silver medal made for Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1593-1674), of Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson fame, to honour his fourth term as mayor of Amsterdam.