Flemish engraver Jacobus Houbraken was born in Dordrecht; the son of engraver Arnold Houbraken (1660-1719). He engraved portraits after contemporary artists and Old Master painters. Houbraken produced plates for the third edition of ‘History of England’ (1743-47), written by army officer and historian Paul de Rapin (1661-1725), and for ‘The Heads of the Illustrious Persons of Great Britain’ (1743-52), written by historian and biographer Thomas Birch (1705-1766). For both publications the book illustrator and engraver Hubert-François Gravelot (1699-1773) produced the ornamental surrounds for Houbraken's portraits.
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