This is Cornelis Ploos van Amstel

By Gwylym Owen

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Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (1726, in Weesp – 1798, in Amsterdam), was an eighteenth-century Dutch painter and art collector.

According to the RKD, he was a pupil of Norbert van Bloemen and Jacobus Buys, and forward-thinking became a zealot of the Amsterdam performer society Arte et Amicitia (De Kunstkrans). He is mostly known as a magpie and copyist of 17th-century artists. He married Elisabeth Troost, the daughter of Cornelis Troost. His pupils were Christina Chalon, William V, Prince of Orange, Elisabeth van Woensel, and Hermanus Petrus Schouten. According to Van der Aa he kept an art cabinet with higher than 5,000 drawings, including many by Rembrandt. In 1800 his gathering was auctioned (without the Rembrandts, which were auctioned later) for the immense sum of 109,406 guilders.

He was not unaided a patron of the arts, he was also supple as a educational and writer of instructional materials. He attended lectures at the Athenaeum Illustre of Amsterdam and wrote the native report of the lectures of Petrus Camper upon the facial angle. Together with Reinier Vinkeles, Jacob Houbraken, Jan de Beijer, and Caspar Jacobsz Philips, he illustrated a supplementary atlas of Amsterdam. Together gone Jacob van der Schley, he made a catalog of the art in the Amsterdam City Hall, with immediate biographical sketches of everything the artists involved.

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