13 facts about Adriaen van der Spelt

By Gwylym Owen

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Adriaen van der Spelt (c. 1630 in Leiden – 1673 in Gouda), was a Dutch Golden Age flower painter.

According to Houbraken, whose comments were based upon the Gouda stories by Ignatius Walvis, he was an excellent flower painter born in Leiden, but his pedigree was from Gouda. He spent many years at the court of Brandenburg working for Frederick William I, Elector of Brandenburg, but moved to Gouda to marry a third time as soon as a nasty wife from Groningen who drove him to his grave.

According to the RKD he was a flower painter who spent the years 1664-1670 at the court of Brandenburg.

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