Samuel De Swaef

jselig's picture

Anyone familiar with his work?

I've been told via friends that have seen some of his work in gallery exhibitions that his calligraphy is amazing. Unfortunately the only thing I can find relating to his name is a book about dutch engravings.

ebensorkin's picture

I found this.

http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/meer035lett01_01/meer035lett01_01_0053.htm

Maybe it's no better.

Any Dutch help here?

neverblink's picture

what it says about him here: http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/aa__001nieu03_01/aa__001nieu03_01_0348.htm

Brother of Johannes de Swaef. A school teacher, a calligrafer (sp?), plate-cutter and printer from Middelburg (the Netherlands) from the early 17th century.

jselig's picture

That's pretty much all I've come across. I was really hoping with the vast knowledge and book collection here someone might know more.

ebensorkin's picture

I was reading about a Dutch library that was digitizing it's holdings. They may have some of his stuff. Have you done any Library searching? Google is great but it doesn't have everything. Also, somebody may come along in a while and have some info. What about searching for 17th c. Dutch calligraphy? It's wise with an obscure topic to use several approaches.

Jaap's picture

I've got a photograph from a poet he wrote about my ancestor. I can send it to you, if you want. His calligraphy is indeed very good.

jselig's picture

Thank you, I would very much appreciate it.

Also, since then I've done some more digging through digitized libraries and books to no greater avail, though I did find some other wonderful calligraphy.

ebensorkin's picture

If you would post one image to the thread here that would be great! I am curious too.

Jaap's picture

Here it is.

jselig's picture

It's quite nice i find, I really like the uppercase S and B.

Linda Cunningham's picture

It's glorious stuff indeed.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

Gorgeous!

ebensorkin's picture

Thank you very Much!

ebensorkin's picture

Jonathan, I found a book that has some plates:

"Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings, and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700"
Hollstein, F. W. H.

It's in several volumes
"Samuel de Swaef to Jan Thesing" is in vol. 30.

There are at least 120 copies worldwide in Libraries

I found several other books either showing his work or referring to him as well on WorldCat which is what it sounds like: a catalog of books in many of the world's Libraries. Do you have access?

jselig's picture

“Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings, and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700”
Hollstein, F. W. H.

It’s in several volumes
“Samuel de Swaef to Jan Thesing” is in vol. 30.

I've come across this book title a few times, but not the book itself.

I'm going to browse through WorldCat right now, though given my current location my best bet is to find copies to buy or view digitally. I contacted a Dutch historical archive, where jaap found the book above. A copy of the book on CD was 177.20 Euro however.

Jaap's picture

The university of Leiden made this page of the poem with a portrait of De Swaef:
http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/Dutch/Latijn/Swaef.html

ebensorkin's picture

Thanks for the link! If I get a copy of the book I mentioned I will try to get some samples posted as well. It is pretty likely I won't get it though.

jselig's picture

I found a copy of the Dutch engravings book in Winnipeg, there's an off chance I might get down there to visit at some point and be able to check it out. Other than that the other book I found on WorldCat, I'd need to go to Boston for and I haven't been there in 10 or 11 years. So that one might have to wait a bit longer.

ebensorkin's picture

I did get “Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings, and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700” after all. It isn't that useful. Although it does show that he wasn't just engraving letters. His talents were more broad to be sure! I say it's not that useful because it doesn't show much in the way of letters & the ones it does show are very very small.

What it might be useful for is noting other references that talk about him. For Instance "Quaerendo IV 1974" , " Quaerendo V 1975", and Woordenboek van Noord Nederlandsche graveurs 1938. Maybe they can be of use.

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