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Isaack Luttichuys

1616 - 1673

Born in London in 1616 of Dutch parents, Isaack Luttichuys spent his early life in England, where the family was known as Littlehouse, the literal English translation of the family name. He and his older brother, Simon, eventually moved to Amsterdam, where Isaack pursued a career as a portrait painter and Simon as a painter of still lives. Isaack’s sensitivity to the individuality of his sitters and to details such as the subtle cues of movement that enliven an image speak to his prodigious skills as a portrait painter, which kept him popular among the Amsterdam elite until his death in 1673.