Hendrick Couturier

Hendrick Couturier (1620, Leiden – 1684, New York City), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.

According to the RKD he married in Leiden in 1648 and moved to America. He lived both in New Amsterdam/New York and New Amstel/New Castle. He is primarily known today as the (possible) portrait painter of Pieter Stuyvesant, though this attribution is based mainly on a court verification of his wife in 1663 that Stuyvesant had utter her and her husband the "Burgerright" in difference of opinion for the portrait he had painted of the Director General.

There is archival evidence of Couturier's activity which indicated guild connection in Leiden previously emigrating and producing some works painted in New Amsterdam.

In 1925 an exhibition of portraits of in advance Americans was held in New York by the Century Association. At this exhibition an oil portrait was shown of Oloff Stevense Van Cortlandt (father of the 17th century mayor of New York Stephanus Van Cortlandt) that at that grow old was approved to Couturier. This prompted the New York art miser Thomas B. Clarke to buy it, who innovative showed it in 1928 as allocation of his collection. According to its current provenance tape in the National Gallery of Art, the attribution to Couturier has past been distorted to "Unknown man by nameless 17th century French painter".

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