Marcus Gheeraerts (I)

painter, draftsman, print artist, etcher
South Netherlandish, English
Brugge 1520
ca. 1520
London (England) 1590/1591
died about 1590/1, possibly in London
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Son of Heggebaert Gheeraerts and Antonine van der Weerden. Married 1) in Bruges on 6 June 1558 Jannekin Struve (who was a catholic, died 1571) and 2) in the Dutch church in London on 8 November 1571 to Suzanna de Crits (died 1603), father of Marcus II, Martin and Hester (died 1636), Sara and Susanna. Isaac Oliver (see there for reference) married 9 February 1602 his daughter Sara Gheeraerts (1575-1605). His daughter Susanne (died 1645) married the sculptor Maximilian Colt.
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  • Brugge 1558 - 1568
    became a member of the guild in 1558 (Waterhouse 1988); banned as a calvinist on 1 December 1568, after producing satirical prints against the pope and the Church of Rome. All his possessions were confiscated (Saur 2006)
  • Londen (Engeland) 1568 - 1577
    He fled to London with his son and daughter; designed book illustrations (Waterhouse 1988). Lived first in the parish of St. Mary Abchurch, and in 1571 in the parish of St. Stephen, Coleman Street, with his daughter Hester and a pupil called Hans Delavauld. Wast appointes Sergeant Painter to Elizabeth I in 1577 (Cust 1903A; Saur 2006)
  • Antwerpen 1577 - 1586
    from 1577 mentioned as master in the guild; stayed here until at least 1586 (for the last time mentioned in the Financial Statements of 1585-1586) (Rombouts/van Lerius 1872/1961). On 21 August 1578 he testified with Philips Galle, sculptor Willem Paludanus and Maerten de Vos to have witnessed the sale of a batch of books in the house of Hubert Goltzius. In 1585 (NS) he was the renter of a house in the Kolvenierstraet (van Hemeldonck 2007)
  • Londen (Engeland) 1586
    documented in London on 14 August 1586
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
history (genre), landscape (genre), portrait, architecture (genre)
oil paint
Creation date: 1991-12-15; Last modified date: 2022-07-26


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