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Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken, 1857-1930

Nationality: Dutch
Date of Birth: 1857.04.21
Place of Birth: The Hague
Date of Death: 1930.10.03
Place of Death: Villefranche


Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken was an etcher, painter and writer on art.


Zilcken studied in The Hague under J. C. K. Klinkenberg (1852-1924) and Anton Mauve (1838-1888). He spent much of his life in The Hague where his favoured subjects were still-lifes, land and townscapes. He is perhaps best known as a graphic artist, particularly through his reproductive etchings after Dutch seventeenth century masters and he is considered an important figure in the Dutch etching revival

He was known as a writer on art, and was editor of the journal Elsevier's Geïllustreerd Maandschrift from 1896-1905.

Zilcken certainly knew JW by 1889 when he invited JW to contribute to the Nederlandsche Etsclub exhibition (#04260).


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