"Temptation" engraving by Jan Verkolje / Albert Henry Payne 1860s Engraving based on a painting by Jan Verkolje sheet size 18x15 cm imprint 16,5x13,5 cm
Jan Verkolje Jan Verkolje (1650-1693) was a Dutch painter, draughtsman and engraver. He is known mainly for his portraits and genre works depicting elegant couples in interiors, and, to a lesser extent, for his religious and mythological compositions. He was a gifted mezzotinto painter. Educated in Amsterdam, Vercollier spent his active professional career in Delft, where he had access to influential patrons.
Albert Henry Payne Albert Henry Payne (December 14, 1812, London - May 7, 1902, Leipzig) was an engraver, painter and illustrator. Born in England, he lived in Germany. From 1838 he worked in Leipzig as a steel engraver, painter and illustrator. In 1845 he founded the Kunstanstalt publishing house. François-Auguste Biard (French: François-Auguste Biard. 1799-1882). French artist-genre painter of the XIX century. He studied at the Lyon School of Fine Arts. Since 1824 he began to exhibit his works in Parisian salons. In 1838 Biard took part in an expedition to the northern regions of Europe, organized by the surgeon Joseph-Paul Gemar and went down in history as La Recherche Expedition. One of the main objectives of the research was to explore the possibilities of human survival in the far north. The task of Biard and the other artist of the expedition, Barthelemy Lauvergne, was to create artwork to convince the public of the value of such research and discovery. Between 1839 and 1840, the expedition traveled to Finland, Russia, Germany, Denmark, and Eastern Europe. Throughout the journey, Biard was accompanied by his wife, Léonie d'Aunay, who later wrote the book A Woman's Journey to Svalbard. The accounts of this expedition were collected in Voyages en Scandinavia, Lapland, Finland, and Svalbard in 1838, 1839, and 1840." (Voyages en Scandinavie, en Laponie, au Spitzberg et aux Feröe, pendant les années 1838, 1839, 1840. Part of this collection is the "Historical and Pictorial Atlas" in three volumes, which is a collection of lithographs, drawings, and sketches by artists participating in the expedition.