Schelte Bolswert

(Schelte à Bolswert , Schelte Adamsz. Bolswart)

Bolsward, Frisia, 1586 – Antwerp 1659

“ (Bolswert) got his artistic craftsman’s education in Holland, which must have been excellent, in the workshop of his brother Boëtius B. … Besides Vorstermann and Pontius from the early ’20s B. belonged to the best engravers who worked for Rubens. B.’s engravings have to be reckoned among the

climax  of  reproduction  prints

after  contemp.  masters  of  the  17th  century .

The sheets, which reflect all the possibilities between markedly correct copy engraving … and redesign and alteration of the model, …

lay  claim  to  autonomous  recognition  and  were  highly  esteemed

(so e.g. the honorarium for B.’s engraving after Quellinus’ Entry of Archduke Leopold William amounted to 2,500 guilders). B.’s works distinguish themselves by their light-flooded graphic execution ”

(Traude Kannengießer in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon XII [1996], p. 414).

„ Das Bild ist heute zu meiner vollsten Zufriedenheit eingetroffen … Für die reibungslose und prompte Lieferung dankend, verbleibt mit den besten Endjahreswünschen, freundlichst Ihr … “

(Herr K. v. F., 16. Dezember 2008)