L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Friday, July 19, 2019

Johannes Enschedé jr., his wife Johanna Swaving, and their son Johannes Enschedé III, by Wybrand Hendriks, 1796.

The painting's surface is a coarsely woven linen or canvas. The condition isn't terribly good, and the painter isn't terribly adept. The little family is neither handsome nor graceful. But, golly, are they stylish! From their furniture to their clothes, they are impressively au courant. (Well maybe not Parisian current, but up to the moment Dutch!)

Johannes Enschedé Jr. (16 November 1750, Haarlem – 29 July 1799, Haarlem), Dutch businessman, publisher, regent, and collector.

Johanna Elisabeth Swaving (17 December 1754, Weesp – 26 June 1826, Haarlem), Dutch businesswoman, publisher, and civic leader. She ran her husband's business after his death.

Johannes Enschedé III (7 March 1785, Haarlem – 8 October 1866, Haarlem), Dutch publisher, printer, and regent.


Wybrand Hendriks (24 June 1744, Amsterdam – 28 January 1831, Haarlem), Dutch painter, curator, and the concierge of the Teylers Museum, primarily known for his portraits.

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