The Life of Romeyn de Hooghe 1645-1708
The Life of Romeyn de Hooghe 1645-1708
Prints, Pamphlets, and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age
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List of Figures Acknowledgements Note on Usage Abbreviations Introduction 1. Under the Spire of Zuiderkerk Zuiderkerk - The Gift of God - Ancestors - The Learned Son 2. Ingenious Inventions and Rich Designs Setting Up - Newsprints - Paris and Beyond - Book Illustrations - The Art of Etching - Ingenious Inventions - Rich Designs - Wrestlers and Jews - Success in Business - Marriage - Houses - Claims to Gentility 3. Patriotic Prints Year of Disaster - Orangists and Republicans - The Prince of Orange Elevated - The de Witt Brothers Slain - French Tyranny - Illustrating the War - The Gelderland Affair - Satire - His own Publisher - Dedications - The Wheel of Fortune - Competitors 4. A Wandering Whore and a Talking Dog The Wandering Whore - The Talking Dog - The Forged Chinese Pictures - The Nicked Time-Piece and the Lace Jabot - The (Not So) Secret Life of Maria Lansman - Honour and Shame - The Anatomist and the Vicar - Novels and Drollery 5. A Fresh Start Romeyn Evicted? - Uncle Pieter's Testament - Motives for Moving - Before the Consistory - Settling Down - Moving Up - A Drawing School and a Stately Mansion - A Prestigious Map - Client of the Stadholder - Blueberry Degree 6. The Prince Abandoned and Regained The Great Turkish War - The Luxembourg Affair - The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes - The Glorious Revolution - Glorifying the Revolution 7. The Harlequin Prints Lampooning the Sun King - Arlequin Déodat - The Son of a Miller - Riding the Hippogryph - Frogs and Toads - Hypochondriacs - Royal Infidelity - Three Kings - A Royal Enema - Royal Cuckolds - Driving Home the Message 8. Lampooning the Regents The Cows, the Herdsman, and the Wolf - The Affair of the Magistrates - A New Tune: Toads and Barrel-Riders - The French Calendar: Cocks and Donkeys - Bigwig and the Privilege-Seeker - A Stage Coach Chat - The French Blue Shin - Cricket that Spoils the Harvest 9. The Pamphlet War Triplet of Rogues - The Quack: Govert Bidloo - The Hack: Ericus Walten - The Orangist Triumvirate at Work - Arch-Cuckold de Hooghe - Bashing Romeyn - Scaling Mount Parnassus - Arch-Cuckold Shareholder 10. Memorandum of Rights Legal Action - Witnesses - Romeyn Interrogated - Blasphemy - A False Libel - Embarrassing Letters 11. Honour Defended The Chief Sheriff Fooled - More Pamphlets - Bribery Exposed - Malice and the Spirit of Quarrelling - Romeyn Spins a Conspiracy - Walten Sacrificed - Wrapping Up 12. Serving the Stadtholder The Desolate End of Ericus Walten - Running a Spy Network - Father and Daughter - Vassal of Kennemerland 13. Composing Most Pompously Intendent of the King's Buildings - Director of the Lingen Quarries - Director of the Triumphal Arches - Tampering with the Books - Oil Paintings - Glasses, Cups, and Medals - The World's First Satirical Periodical - Self-Portraits 14. Final Years Masterless Man - Man of Letters - An Invisible Church - Death and Legacy Appendix: Genealogy de Hooghe Abbreviations Sources Manuscript Sources - Pamphlets - Printed Sources - Secondary Sources Index

Reviews and Features

"Van Nierop’s book is a rare treat: an exhaustively researched biography that nonetheless remains a gripping and lively tale." - Maureen Warren, HNA Review of Books 2022

"In Henk van Nierop’s expert hands, this book leaves few questions about Romeyn de Hooghe unanswered." - Wim Klooster, Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies 2021

"Van Nierop's study is well written and manages to captivate the reader from start to finish [...] His biography of the extraordinary artist is therefore a must-read for scholars interested in the early modern Low Countries and the history of prints and printmaking and is, at the same time, highly recommended to all interested in the history of early modern Europe." - Karen Hollewand, English Historical Review 2020

"It has turned out to be a great tour de force to put De Hooghe's oeuvre, as well as his eventful life in one book, but Van Nierop has succeeded with great enthusiasm." - Anne-Laure Van Bruaene, BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review 2020. Originally published in Dutch.

"Henk van Nierop has done the fields of early modern European history and art history a singular service in producing such a thorough and compelling portrait of one of the era’s most notable cultural figures." - Christine Kooi, CAA Reviews 2019

"Van Nierop's study, however, is the first comprehensive examination of De Hooghe's life. It is a substantial history that is also eminently readable [...] for a life as complex and contradictory as that of Romeyn de Hooghe, one could find no better guide than Van Nierop, a major scholar in the field of seventeenth-century Dutch studies for over thirty years." - Merdith Hale, Early Modern Low Countries 2019

"There can be no doubt that the comprehensive study Van Nierop has now produced will establish itself as the standard modern account of De Hooghe [...] The reader can only marvel at Van Nierop’s achievement in this remarkable book." - Christopher Brown, The Burlington Magazine, 2019

"This is a truly outstanding and in every way excellent contribution to the history of the Golden Age. The author has succeeded in setting out a clear, detailed and convincing, well-supported account of the sometimes seemingly baffling shifts and swerves in De Hooghe’s career, fortunes, reputation, and political stance." - Jonathan Israel, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

"This book offers a fascinating portrait of the etcher, pamphleteer, pornographer, provocateur, freethinker, spy, author, entrepreneur,husband, and father Romeyn de Hooghe. It is also remarkably relevant in this age of international political machinations, propaganda, and the distortion and concealment of information by spin doctors and the media." - Huigen Leeflang, Curator of Prints, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

"5 stars - Spin-doctoring and self-promotion: making the most of yourself in the Dutch Golden Age"
"The above is an abridged title. A fuller, though still incomplete, title, which should make it clear how impossible it is to do justice to this formidable book in a review, would read: Printmaking, allegory, satire, the cartoon; history, learning, legal scholarship, antiquarianism, journalism, heraldry; politics, patronage, sycophancy; artistry, technical innovation; spin-doctoring, propoganda, fake news; pamphleteering, publishing, entrepreneurship; careerism, self-fashioning, self-promotion, social climbing; depravity, lechery, incest, pimping, pornography; libertinism, blasphemy, heresy, atheism, spinozism; corruption, skulduggery, fraud, double-dealing, embezzlement, mendacity; scandal, libel, intrigue, treason, spying and just plain finagling in the Dutch Golden Age [...] Anyone interested in any of the characteristics embodied by Romeyn de Hooghe will find a lot to enjoy and learn from in this book." - Gary Schwartz

Henk van Nierop

The Life of Romeyn de Hooghe 1645-1708

Prints, Pamphlets, and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age

Romeyn de Hooghe was the most inventive and prolific etcher of the later Dutch Golden Age. The producer of wide-ranging book illustrations, newsprints, allegories, and satire, he is best known as the chief propaganda artist working for stadtholder and king William III. This study, the first book-length biography of de Hooghe, narrates how his reputation became badly tarnished when he was accused of pornography, fraud, larceny, and atheism. Traditionally regarded as a godless rogue, and more recently as an exponent of the Radical Enlightenment, de Hooghe emerges in this study as a successful entrepreneur, a social climber, and an Orangist spin doctor. A study in seventeenth-century political culture and patronage, focusing on spin and slander, this book explores how artists, politicians, and hacks employed literature and the visual arts in political discourse, and tried to capture their readership with satire, mockery, fun, and laughter.

Henk van Nierop

Henk van Nierop is Professor Emeritus of Early Modern History at the University of Amsterdam. He has widely published on the Dutch Revolt and the Dutch Golden Age. He is the author of The Nobility of Holland: From Knights to Regents, 1500-1650 (1993) and Treason in the Northern Quarter: War, Terror, and the Rule of Law in the Dutch Revolt (2009).