of whom I have given some account in the third volume, 1 under the article of his grandson 2 Abraham, was son of Oliver De Hondt, an ingenious artist of Ghent, where probably Jodocus was born in 1563, and where he studied the mathematics, and the Latin and Greek tongues. The city of Ghent being delivered up when Jodocus was twenty years old, he came to England, and exercised various arts, —as making mathematical instruments, types for printing, and engraving charts and maps. Among these were Sir Francis Drake's voyages, the Holy Land, the Roman Empire, and divers others. His celestial and terrestrial globes, the largest that had then been published, were much commended. Several of Speed's maps 3 were executed by his hand ; and he had great share in the Atlas Major 4 of Gerard Mercator, 5 which was finished by his son Henry, and published at Amsterdam in 1636. A translation of it by Henry Hexam, quartermaster to Col. Goring, was dedicated to Charles I. Besides these, and some things which I have mentioned in the life of his grandson, Jodocus engraved a small print of Thomas Cavendish, the famous sailor, another of Queen Elizabeth, a large sheet print of Sir Francis Drake, another smaller, and a head of Henry IV. of France. He married in London in 1586, and had several children ; but removing to Amsterdam, he died there, in 1611, being then but forty-eight years of age. His son
finished many works begun by his father, and in 1641 engraved a print of William, Prince of Orange, from a painting by Alexander Cooper ; a large head of Queen Elizabeth, done at the Hague, 1632; James I. æt. 42, 1608, (very poor,) and in a set of heads published in 1608 those of Sir Richard Spencer and Sir Ralph Winwood. [Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, oval 4to. Princess Mary. Cornelius Kettel, æt. 48. Charles I. large oval, 1626.]____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists. Volume: 3. Contributors: Horace Walpole - Author. Publisher: Swan Sonnenschein. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1888. Page number: 151.
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