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Gillis Hendricx
Nationality: 
flemish
Gender: 
Male
Death Date: 
1677
Death Place: 
Antwerp
A printmaker, publisher and print dealer in Antwerp, Gillis Hendricx is best known for his publication of Anthony Van Dyck’s (1599-1641) portrait series, the Iconography. His birth date is not known. The first documentary record of his print dealings is a 1642 document regarding the sale of prints by Hendricx and others. He became registered as a dealer with the artists’ Guild of St. Luke during the Guild’s year 1643-1644. The settlement of a dispute with Martinus van den Enden (1605-after 1654) led to the transfer to Hendricx of the eighty engraved plates van den Enden had commissioned after Van Dyck’s designs for the Iconography. He then acquired the fifteen portrait plates etched by Van Dyck and commissioned engravers to “finish” the plates. Hendricx commissioned additional plates and published a set of one hundred portraits, known as Van Dyck’s Centum Icones. He later commissioned an additional eighteen engravings after Van Dyck for the series. Hendricx bought other plates as they became available, publishing new editions, such as the Funeral Procession of Charles V from 1559, engraved by Joannes (ca. 1530-1605) and Lucas (?-before 1589) van Doetecum after designs by Hieronymus Cock (1518-1570), acquired from the estate of Hendrick Hondius (1573-1650). Documents show that Hendricx was still active as a print dealer in the 1670s. He died in 1677; the sale of the prints and copperplates from his estate was widely advertised. (TNB 2/2013) Selected Bibliography: **Duverger, Erik and Danielle Maufort. “The De Jode Family,” in Depauw, Carl and Ger Luijten. Anthony van Dyck as a printmaker, pp. 375-376. Exhibition catalog. Antwerp: Antwerpen Open, 1999.