JE in monogram (= Joannes Episcopius)
print artist, draftsperson, drawing collector, print collector, lawyer
His collection of drawings, prints and paper art was auctioned in The Hague on March 22, 1672 (no cat.), his library on March 21, 1672 (photocopy catalogue in library RKD), his own legacy on February 10, 1677 (no cat. ) (Van Gelder 1971, p. 238-239; Jellema/Plomp 1992, p. 8 and 72). Has also produced mezzotint prints, but no specimens are now known (Jellema/Plomp 1992, p. 16).
North Netherlandish
Amsterdam (city) 1628-05/1628-07
Houbraken wrongly assumed he was born in 1646 in The Hague and died in 1686; these dates appear in the literature until Hofstede de Groot in Thieme/Becker 1914.
The Hague (city) 1671-11-06/1671-11-07
6 or 7 November
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married to Anna van Baerle, daughter of Caspar Barlaeus, professor at the Amsterdam Athenaeum
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It is known that Constantijn Huygens II made copies after the drawings of Jan de Bisschop, see Van Gelder 1971, p. 212 (who alas does not go deeper into the stylistic differences and affinities between the two amateurs) and Jellema/Plomp 1992, p. 16–17. Doudijns used drawings of Doudijns for his etchings (Houbraken 1719).
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landscape (genre), italianate, architecture (genre), peasant genre
Creation date: 1991-11-21; Last modified date: 2023-05-16


Joe Rock 30 July 2020
There is a drawing in an album of the work of Richard Cooper senior (1701-64) in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Inv. 42.55) which relates in some way to the etching by Jan de Bisschop of a bust of Zeno. The etching was published in Paradigmata Graphices Variorum Artificum (Amsterdam 1671) Pl. 50.
It may just be a copy by Cooper but the differences are interesting. The eyes in the copy are blank and the title at the base of the bust has been omitted.
The drawing is a loose sheet and Cooper is known to have had a significant collection of 'old master' drawings.
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