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Frederick Bloemaert
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The fourth son of the Dutch artist Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651), like his older brothers Hendrick (ca. 1601-1672) and Cornelis (ca. 1603-1692) Frederick Bloemaert was an artist, principally an engraver of reproductions of drawings by his father. Little is known about his life. He was a student at Utrecht’s Latin school in 1631 and 1632. He undoubtedly received artistic training from his father and probably also was schooled in engraving by Crispijn de Passe the Younger (ca. 1597- ca. 1670). Bloemaert created 380 engraved plates, all but three after his father’s work. He apparently began this work after his brother Cornelis moved to Rome in 1633. Among the more notable works are the Tekenboek (Drawings Book), an instructional text, and a series of “Bishops and Prelates.” Bloemaert apparently discontinued his artistic endeavors in the 1670s, according to a contemporary biography of Cornelis. Bloemaert had inherited substantial assets from his father and lived comfortably. He participated in public life, serving as a regent of Utrecht’s Chamber of Charity from 1655 to 1657. After the city council disbanded the charity in 1674, Bloemaert was one of ten men who founded a Roman Catholic Chamber of Charity, and served as a regent of the new organization for two years. A life-long bachelor, he died with a considerable estate, valued at 10,000 guilders, and was buried in the family vault in Utrecht’s Catharijnekerk. (TNB 4/2012) Selected bibliography: Roethlisberger, Marcel Georges, with Marten Jan Bok, Abraham Bloemaert and his sons: paintings and prints. Diane L. Webb, trans. Pp. 527-530, 610-614 and passim. Aetas aurea; no. 11; 2 vols. Doornspijk, The Netherlands: Davaco, 1993.