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HVS
Qualifications
etcher, painter, draftsman, publisher of prints
was also publisher of prints (Szanto 2007, p. 73)
Nationality/school
North Netherlandish, French
Born
Woerden 1603/1604
1603 (Plomp 2007, p. 21: 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 (according to M. Szanto in The Burlington Magazine, March 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 inventory of the estate dates from August 1657, made in the apartment on the Rue du Temple, still inhabited by his widow and her daughter (Plomp 2007, p. 31)
Family relationschips
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
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1623 - 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, # 246
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). Between 1623 and 1629 nothing is known about Van Swanevelts whereabouts, but perhaps he was still in Paris (M. de Kinkelder)
  • Rome 1629 - 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)
  • 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
    M. Szanto in The Burlington Magazine, March 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 (M. Szanto in The Burlington Magazine, March 2003, p. 200-201; Plomp 2007, p. 29)
  • 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 Parijs 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 1650
    in 1650 in Utrecht to sell a picture to Baron Wyttenhorst (M. Szanto in The Burlington Magazine, March 2003, p. 203). According to Boers this occurred in 1654 (M. Boers, 'De schilderijenverzameling van baron Willem Vincent van Wyttenhorst', Oud Holland 117 (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 (M. Szanto in The Burlington Magazine, March 2003, p. 200-201)
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Subjects
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.
italianate, architecture (genre)
Medium/technique
oil paint
Entered on: 1992-01-26; Modification on: 2017-11-21

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