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Willem Drost

active 1652-1680
Neither the place and date of his birth or death is known. His earliest dated work is an engraved self-portrait of 1652. His dated paintings are from the years 1653-63. Houbraken says that he studied with Rembrandt; this may have been in the late 1640's. His paintings reflect the style of Rembrandt in the years 1650-55. He painted history scenes, biblical compositions and allegorical or emblematic studies of single figures and portraits. Also according to Houbraken he went to Rome where be associated with Johann Carl Loth and Jan van der Meer of Utrecht. It is substantiated that he followed Loth to Venice but this can have been in 1657 at the earliest. It is not known how long be stayed in Italy but be was back in Holland by 1663 when he signed a portrait of a Rotterdam sitter. The last reference to him is in 1680 when be was witness to an inventory of the possessions of Jan van Spijckvoort in Rotterdam.

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