Eelke Jelles Eelkema

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Eelke Jelles Eelkema
Born (1788-07-08)8 July 1788
Leeuwarden, Dutch Republic
Died 27 November 1839(1839-11-27) (aged 51)
Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Occupation Painter

Eelke Jelles Eelkema (8 July 1788 – 27 November 1839), a painter of landscapes, flowers, and fruit, was born at Leeuwarden as the son of a merchant. On account of his deafness, which was brought on by an illness at the age of seven, he was educated in the first Dutch institution for the deaf and dumb at Groningen (1799). The Flemish Gerardus de San, first director of the Academie Minerva, instructed him in the art of drawing. In 1804, he obtained the first prize of the Academy. In 1808 he went back to his home town. In 1814 he was rewarded a stipend and lived in Paris for two years.[1] Then he travelled by foot in France, Switzerland, and Italy, making sketches. In 1820 he had an exhibition of his work in Amsterdam. Afterwards he taught at the Atheneum in Franeker, communicating on a slate. In 1823 he visited London. He worked in a flower shop in Haarlem. In 1830 Eelkema had translated from the French language a theoretical work by the miniaturist André Léon Larue Mansion .[2] He painted until he lost his sight. He died, still single,[3] at Leeuwarden in 1839.



  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Eelkama, Eelke Jelles". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. 

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