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FRANS GREENWOOD A POET ON GLASS
Frans Greenwood was born in Rotterdam on the 17th of april 1680. His parents were both English born. He was co-owner of his father's sugar plantation in Surinam (Dutch West Indies) and was affluent enough to dedicate himself to the Fine Arts. He wrote poetry and practised stippling with a diamond-point on glass. In 1726 he moved from Rotterdam to Dordrecht where he was a customs officer. He can be considered to be the inventor of the stipple-engraving technique on glass. His first work dates from 1720. F.G.A.M. Smit states that 46 glasses are known by his hand. Nearly all Greenwood engravings are signed and most of them are dated as well. His most active period was between 1740 and 1750. F.G.A.M. Smit states that 'Most of the goblets with damaged or missing foot probably met with an unfortunate accident during engraving'. He favoured the portrayal of human subjects. His outstanding style of stippling with the use of subtle shadow hues makes his work an absolute highlight of 18th century glass art. He died in 1753, aged 74.
Examples of his work (Smit op.cit. 1988 pp.179-180) in the custody of: The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; British Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Hessisches Landesmuseum, Kassel; Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg; Museum Heylshof, Worms; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem; Museum Simon van Gijn, Dordrecht; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Historisch Museum, Rotterdam; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; The Art Institute, Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning N.Y.