About the artist

Jan Hoynck van Papendrecht was a Dutch painter and illustrator. He painted genre scenes, landscapes, cityscapes, historical scenes and portraits but he is mostly known for his military art. He was a leading painter in the patriotic painting, creating romanticised heroic paintings based on the Battle of Waterloo and the Belgian Revolution. He went to the Academie Antwerpen from 1878 to 1880 and to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in München in where he lived for four years to continue his training. He returned to Amsterdam in 1884. He was a member of the artist association Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam and Pulchri Studio, The Hague. In 1885, van Papendrecht’s drawings appeared in the illustrated magazine Eigen Haard. Five years later, he joined the editorial board of the Elsevier illustrated magazine. He became really known as an illustrator in 1893 after his contributions to a series of books that recorded the history of the Dutch Horse Artillery Corps. His oil paintings were also famous, especially after his participation in the 1884 Exhibition of Living Masters in Amsterdam. He has been awarded among others a silver medal for Art and Science of the House of Orange in 1906 and an honourable mention at the Salon de Paris in 1907.