Jean de la Chambre (1605/6 - 1668), who is shown holding a quill, was a distinguished calligrapher and Master of the French School in Ursulasteeg, Haarlem.

This small portrait seems to have been used as a modello for an engraving (in the same direction) by J. Suyderhoef in 1638, used as the frontispiece for a book published by De la Chambre which contains six examples of his own calligraphic skill.

Key facts

Artist dates
1582/3 - 1666
Full title
Portrait of Jean de la Chambre at the Age of 33
Date made
about 1638
Medium and support
Oil on wood
20.6 x 16.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Misses Rachel F. and Jean I. Alexander, 1972
Inventory number
Location in Gallery