William Hondius

(1598 / 1599 - 1658 / 1660)
William Hondius Frederick V, King of Bohemia, 1596 - 1632 1633


William Hondius’s father, Henrik Hondius, was one of the most important Dutch printmakers and publishers of his time. William continued the tradition and became extremely successful in his own right. In the 1630s he began publishing his own prints alongside his fathers. In 1636 he left The Hague and moved to Danzig (Gdańsk), in the then Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He went on to become the royal engraver of King Wladyslaw IV Waza, king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Glossary terms

  • The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.