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Geertruydt Roghman
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A skilled engraver and etcher during Holland’s Golden Age, Geertruydt Roghman was a member of a family of artists. Her father Hendrik Lambertsz. Roghman (1602-before 1657) was an engraver. Her mother Maritje’s father Jacob Savery II (1593-ca. 1627) was a painter and etcher and the brother of the Flemish painter and printmaker Roelant Savery (1576-1639), whose patron was Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor (1552-1612). Geertruydt’s brother Roelant (1627-1692) and sister Magdalena (1637-after 1669) were also artists and the three children worked with their father. Her earliest surviving work is a portrait engraving of her great-uncle Roelant (H. 23) after a painting by Paulus Moreelse (1571-1638). She made fourteen landscape etchings in collaboration with her brother Roelant after his drawings (H. 8-22) when they were in their early 20s. Roghman is best known for her series of five feminine occupations (H. 2-6), which depict women engaged in various tasks. Rather than being moralizing or erotic allegories, as was common among genre depictions of the time, the works present real life as experienced by women of the time. She was one of the few 17th-century Dutch artists to focus on ordinary women.Roghman did not marry and the last archival record of her is from 1651. One of her prints may be dated to 1652, and scholars have concluded that she was dead by 1657, probably having died a few years earlier. (TNB 8/2012). Selected bibliography: Peacock, Martha Moffit. “Geertruydt Roghman and the Female Perspective in 17th-Century Dutch Genre Imagery,” Woman’s Art Journal, vol. 14, no. 2 (Autumn, 1993-Winter, 1994), pp. 3-10.