Adriaen Matham

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Detail of Schuttersstuk by Frans Hals in 1627 showing Adriaen Matham as ensign

Adriaen Matham (1590–1660) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, engraver and art dealer.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Haarlem as the son of the engraver Jacob Matham and his wife Marijtgen or Maria van Poelenburgh.[1] He was the brother of the engravers Jan and Theodor Matham, and became a member of the Haarlem St. Adriaen civic guard in 1618.[1] In 1620 he engraved a series of prints on the Counts of Holland that were only published after his death in 1663. He was painted by Frans Hals in his role as flag-bearer of the guard in 1627. He made drawings after Hals' paintings, most notably his sketch of a portrait of Isaac Massa, a merchant on Russia, and his sketch of Pieter van den Broecke. Matham married three times; once in Amsterdam.

In 1640 Matham was a member of a Dutch embassy to the king of Morocco, Mohammed esh Sheikh es Seghir, led by Antonius de Liedekerke.[2] They were received by Jan Janszoon, a notorious pirate, who was visited by his daughter Lysbeth and her husband.[3] Then the embassy visited the king in Marrakesh.[2]

Adriaen Matham made a famous drawing and an engraving of the El Badi Palace, before it was destroyed.[2] He also visited the harbour of Mogador in 1641, where he noted the presence of Jews, who were trading with the Netherlands and England.[4] He made many sketches of fish that he saw on his travels.[5] On his return journey to the Netherlands, he visited Madeira, with the crew of another ship on board, who had been kept in Morocco as slaves.

He lived in The Hague as an art dealer around the year 1654.[6] Adriaen collaborated with or sold his work to the cartographer Joan Blaeu.[7] and worked for Adriaen van de Venne.

Works[edit]

View of Marrakesh and El Badi Palace, by Adriaen Matham, 1640[2]

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