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Bray, Salomon de

Amsterdam, 1597 - Haarlem, 1664

He was a history painter, a portraitist and a landscape artist. There is no information about his childhood in Amsterdam. He had moved to Haarlem prior to 1617, as that year he was accepted into the circle of rhetoricians De Wijngaardranke (the vineyard assembly). In that city, he studied with Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) and Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem (1562–1638). There is evidence that Christian IV, King of Denmark, requested his services in 1621; however, it is not known whether he finally agreed to his petition. In 1625, he married Anna Westerbaen. They had ten children, three of whom also became painters: Joseph (1664), Jan (around 1627–1697) and Dirk (1651–1678). In 1630, he actively participated in the renovation of the Haarlem Guild, despite being a Catholic. Salomon de Bray also carried out important work as a designer of goldsmiths, as an architect (Warmon castle and Nijmegen orphanage), and as a town planner. It seems very likely that he died in 1664 of the plague during the declared epidemic, as did his sons Jacob and Joseph and his daughters Juliana and Margaretha. He is buried in the Saint Bavo Church in Haarlem.

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