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Jan Griffier the Elder

1645 Amsterdam – 1718 London

The landscape painter Jan Griffier the Elder was a pupil of Roelant Roghman in Amsterdam. Around 1667 he emigrated to England where he lived not far from London, preferably on a wine boat on the Thames, from which he could paint views of the capital and its surroundings. In addition to these topographical scenes he painted imaginary landscapes of ruins in Italy. However, the artist became best known for his mostly small-format Rhine and Mosel landscapes in the style of Herman Saftleven, whose acquaintance he may have made during a stay in Rotterdam.