Louis Elsevier (1618-1675). Landscape painter, church painter, also active as an art merchant. In Guild around 1637 and 1646, headman in 1669, 1673. In 1648 he bought De Blaeue Hont (the Blue Dog), a house on Voorstraat number 1, for 2050 guilders. In 1650 one of his paintings was valued at 29 guiders. In Delft he is known to have traded in lead white, an artists material. He later moved to Utrecht.


To the right a view in the ____ church, Delft.

Note. GAD, Beydals Collection. Date of Blaeue Hont 2 January 1648 (GAD, NA 1726) from private communication by Montias, 2000. GAD Huizenprotocol. III 725. 'Utrecht' private communication by Mr. Bas Dudok van Heel, 2000. 'Merchant' in Montias 1980, p. 57. Bredius Kunstlerinventare, VI, 2138 mentions Blaeue Hont in 1648 and 1650. Oud Holland 1896 p 8; page 11 defines birth year. Montias 1981 p 201 only mentions the 1646 entry in the Guild, but omits the 1637 entry in Obreen I, p. 6. H.C. van Leeuwen, 'De schilder Louis Elsevier en het Elsevier-poortje' in Delfia Batavorum, Achtste Jaarboek, 1998, Delft 1999, p. 103-108. A family member may be the one in the Guild master list as 1675, 30 dec.  Johannes Elsevier (?-1687) artist-painter* from Leiden. Lead white in Montias, Artists & Artisans p. 207.

This page forms part of a large encyclopedic site on Delft. Research by Drs. Kees Kaldenbach (email). A full presentation is on view at johannesvermeer.info.

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