Johannes Jacobsz. Folkema

A Group of four Etchers and Draughtsmen around a Table (Dated 1674)

About this artwork

The faint signature ‘Jan Folkema fecit 1674’ can be read on the rear crossbar of the table. The drawing shows four etchers and draughtsmen in a domestic setting. They are probably amateurs, judging from the refined clothes they wear. Etching for pleasure was a frequent practice in seventeenth-century upper-class circles, stimulated by manuals such as Abraham Bosse’s 'Traicté des Manieres de Graver en Taille douce sur l’airtin' (or Manual of Etching) of 1645. Representations of amateur etchers are rare.

  • title: A Group of four Etchers and Draughtsmen around a Table
  • accession number: D 1158
  • artist: Johannes Jacobsz. FolkemaNetherlandish (1650 - 1710)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: Dated 1674
  • measurements: 23.70 (left), 24.00 (right) x 26.80 cm
  • credit line: David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910

Johannes Jacobsz. Folkema

Johannes Jacobsz. Folkema

Johannes Jacobsz Folkema was a goldsmith and engraver in the small town of Dokkum, in the north of Holland, and the father of the more famous printmaker and draughtsman Jacob Folkema (1692-1767).