Engel Jansz Rooswijck (c. 1583-before 1649). History painter, draughtsman, pattern maker for tapestries intended for Frederiksborg castle. Born in Haarlem. In Delft Guild c. 1616. He lived on Rietveld. In 1919 Rooswijck moved to Copenhagen to work for the Danish royal palaces in 1623. In 1624 he married Maritgen Arentsdr van Bolgersteijn who lived at Oude Langendijk. He returned to Amsterdam in 1640.

Relative of Karel van Mander / Vermander II


Email response 2005:

"I was checking out what I could find about the Dutch 17th century painter Engel Rooswijk on the internet, and I saw your little note about him. You ask if he was brother-in-law to Karel van Mander II through a former marriage. I can inform you, that his sister Cornelia Rooswijk was married to Karel van Mander II, so in that way he is brother-in-law to him. Karel and Cornelia's son Karel van Mander III became court painter for the important Danish King Christian 4th. Sincerely, Mette Marie Bang, painting conservator, Denmark".

"Karel van Mander 3rd's background is mainly dealt with in Danish articles and books. On Engel Rooswijck there is Otto Andrup, "Noter vedrørende Karel van Manders biografi", Kunstmuseets Aarsskrift 1932 and 1939 (Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen) At present, the main authority on the subject is Steffen Heiberg, Frederiksborgmuseet, who has written an entry on Karel van Mander 2nd and 3rd in the important Danish Art Encyclopedia: Weilbach Dansk Kunstnerleksikon 5, Copenhagen 1995. Here is the information that Karel van Mander II married Cornelia Rooswijck (daughter of Jan Engelsz R.) Jan. 27th 1608 in Delft. Heiberg has an article in English: "Christian IV's Dutch and Flemish Painters. Art in Denmark 1600-1650" in Leids Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 1983 (Delft 1984), 4-24; but here Engel Rooswijck is not mentioned, only Karel van Mander III. Karel van Mander II and Cornelia lived in the same house as Engel Rooswijck in Delft, until 1623 when van Mander II died and Cornelia moved to Copenhagen (accompanied by Engel, who went back to Delft 1623 to marry).

Sincerely, painting conservator Mimi Bang

Bredius Kunstler-Inventare VI p. 2163 and VII 186. Thieme-B. XXVIII, p. 585. Montias 1982, Appendix, table A2. GAD Koopbrieven Huiseigenaren, letter R mentions him as brother in law of tapisier Karel van Mander II.

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