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HVS
Qualifications
etcher, painter, court artist, draftsman, publisher of prints
was also publisher of prints (Szanto 2007, p. 73)
Nationality/school
North Netherlandish, French
Born
Woerden 1603
ca. 1603. In the deed of marriage terms of 5 Januari 1650 he is mentioned as being '46 jaar out of daaromtrent' (old 46 years or so); 1604 (Szanto 2003, p. 199). Unless he was born between 1 and 5 January, he is born in 1603; the addition 'or so' however, makes this again somewhat uncertain (M. de Kinkelder, August 2007)
Deceased
Paris 1655
passed away in 1655, probably in the last quarter (Plomp 2007, p. 30). The probate inventory dates from 11 August 1657, made in the apartment on the Rue du Temple, still inhabited by his widow and her daughter (Plomp 2007, p. 31).
Family relationships
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
cousin of Steven Huigensz (active c. 1601-c. 1618-1622, painter in Woerden); second cousin of Jean de Hoey; brother-in-law of his pupil Jacques Rousseau. Married 1) in Paris on 5 August 1644 to Marie Laminoy,'fille de dame Françoise Dohey, veuve de défunt maître Anthoine Laminoy, vivant argentier de la ville de Noyon, demeurant en ladite ville de Noyon, de présent à Paris, logée en la maison du sieur Tabouret, marchand, rue Aubry-le-Boucher, à l’enseigne Saint-Martin' , her uncle from mother's side was 'sieur Claude Dohey, peintre et valet de chambre ordinaire du roi demeurant à Fontainebleau' and 2) in Paris (contract) on 5 January 1650 to Suzanne Rousseau, who was assisted by her brother, painter Jacques Rousseau; the bride brought a trousseau of 4000 livres. (Levert 20117A)
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1623 - 1655
dated works between 1623 and 1655: earliest dated drawing from 1623 (Herzog-Anton-Ulrich Museum, Brunswick), earliest known picture dates from 1630 (Museum Bredius, Den Haag), last dated work a picture from 1655 (auction Rome, Finarte, 22 November 1988, no. 246)
Education
Accademia di San Luca (Rome)
appears in minutes between 1635-1638 (Noack 1927)
Active in
  • Parijs 1623
    drawing (in Herzog-Anton-Ulrich Museum, Brunswick) signed and dated 'HVS a Paris: 1623 / 24 october' (Plomp 2007, p. 21, 27, ill on p. 50; see RKD, no. 71215). Between 1623 and 1629 nothing is known about Van Swanevelt's whereabouts, but perhaps he was still in Paris (M. de Kinkelder).
  • Rome 1627 - 1641
    lived between 1629 (mentioned as Germano Velt, fiamengo pittore) and 1634 (mentioned as Armano Svelth, fiammingo pittore) in the Rione Colonna in the parish S. Andrea delle Fratte; in 1635, 1636 and 1638 he attended a few meetings of the Academia di San Luca (mentioned as Armannus Svanuel and Armannus Gianvelt). In 1641 he left Rome (Plomp 2007, p. 28); Via Capo le Case (Noack 1927). The Flemish painter named ‘Enrico‘ who shared lodgings with Claude Lorrain is no longer thought to be Swanevelt. The first record which shows Herman living in Rome dates from 1629, when he lived in the parish of San Giuseppe a Capo le Case. Russell 2019A, p. 34-35. Swanevelt may have arrived somewehat earlier, about 1627-1628.
  • Florence 1641-05
    via Florence and Venice he travelled to the North, dated in Florence a drawing on 24 May 1641 (Plomp 2007, p. 28)
  • Venetië 1641
    via Florence and Venice he travelled to the North (Plomp 2007, p. 28)
  • Parijs 1641
    Szanto 2003, p. 200
  • Woerden 1642 - 1643
    in 1642 in Woerden (1642 dated picture with inscription 'FA Woerden')
  • Parijs 1644
    In 1643 he signed a picture in Paris (Plomp 2007, p. 28); in 1644 he received his 'lettres de naturalité', he was appointed 'peintre ordinaire du roi' and there is a deed of marriage dated 5 August 1644. However, this marriage was never closed (Szanto 2003, p. 200-201; Plomp 2007, p. 29). On 20 July 1644 he wrote a letter (concerning money received) to'Michel Passart, conseiller du roi et auditeur à la Chambre des comptes, se trouvant à Rome' from his Paris address, rue du Temple, paroisse Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs (Levert 2017A)
  • Calais 1646
    picture with signature 'HvSwanevelt a Calais 1646 (Plomp 2007, p. 29 and p. 43, ill. 26)
  • Woerden 1648 - 1650
    possibly not the whole periode present there, but only visiting (Plomp 2007, p. 29)
  • Rome 1649
    travelled in 1649 to Rome (Plomp 2007, p. 29-30)
  • Parijs 1649
    active in Paris in 1649 (Plomp 2007, p. 30)
  • Woerden 1650
    picture with signature 'HVSwanevelt FA Woerden 1650' lost in the fire of Museum Boymans in 1864 (Plomp 2007, p. 30)
  • Utrecht (stad) 1650
    in 1650 in Utrecht to sell a picture to Baron Wyttenhorst (Szanto 2003, p. 203). According to Boers this occurred in 1654 (Boers 2004, p. 221).
  • Parijs 1650 - 1655
    On 5 January 1650 he married the protestant Suzanne Rousseau; in August 1650 he acquired a royal privilege to publish his prints for ten years (Plomp 2007, p. 30); nominated in October 1651 as a member of the Académie and joined in March 1653, after offering a painting; died in 1655 in his apartment in the Rue du Temple (Szanto 2003, p. 200-201). On 25 August 1650, while living rue du Temple sur la paroisse Saint-Nicolas-des-Champ, he cashed some money in Paris; on 7 October 1651 he was accepted unanimously as an 'académiste'; on 8 March 1653 he presented the mandatory picture he made for the Académie (Levert 2017A)
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Subjects
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italianate, architecture (genre)
Medium/technique
oil paint
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Creation date: 1992-01-26; Last modified date: 2021-07-20

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