Scope and Contents
This collection contains more than 35,000 portraits, including hundreds relating to the House of Orange-Nassau (stadtholders, kings, queens and relatives) and over 60 portrait series. The portrayed include mostly famous people from (mainly) Europe. Statesmen, military and artists are prominently represented.
- Creation: 1500-1950
- Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. Prentenkabinet (Organization)
Language of Materials
Various languages, including Dutch, Latin and French
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is available for research use.
Conditions Governing Use
Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.
Ca. 35,000 items
Abstract in Dutch
De collectie portretten bevat ruim 35.000 portretprenten, waaronder honderden met betrekking tot het Huis Oranje-Nassau (stadhouders en vorsten / vorstinnen) en zo’n 60 portretseries. Tot de geportretteerden horen verder alle mensen van naam en faam uit (vooral) Europa. Staatslieden, militairen en kunstenaars zijn prominent vertegenwoordigd. Grote delen van de collectie zijn afkomstig van de verzamelaars, Johannes Bodel Nijenhuis (Nederlanders) en Albertus Welcker (kunstenaarsportretten).
Abstract in English
The portrait collection contains more than 35,000 portraits, including hundreds relating to the House of Orange-Nassau (stadtholders, kings, queens and relatives) and over 60 portrait series. The portrayed include mostly famous people from (mainly) Europe. Statesmen, military and artists are prominently represented. Large parts of the collection come from the collectors, Johannes Bodel Nijenhuis (Dutch) and Albertus Welcker (artists' portraits).
The portraits are mounted and stored in alphabetical order (PT 001-124). The members of the House of Orange-Nassau (Huis van Oranje Nassau I – VII) and portrait series (Portrait series 1-63) are stored separately.
Leiden University Library, Special Collections
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Large parts of the collection come from the collectors Johannes Tiberius Bodel Nijenhuis, who donated his collection by will in 1872, and Albertus Welcker, who donated his reproduction graphic to the Print Room of the Leiden University in April 1957. Other parts come from various, often untraceable sources. In the nineteenth century, portraits were sometimes bought in large quantities from art dealers or at auctions.
The Leiden portrait collection is one of the largest in the country and is of great historical and documentary significance.
No accruals expected.
These portraits are included in the accompanying inventory. The Singer numbers refer to ‘Hans W. Singer, Allgemeiner Bildniskatalog, 16 volumes, 1930-1936’. A number of portraits of William of Orange (signatures PK-PT-100 till PK-PT-207) are described separately in the online catalog and their images are available via Digital Collections. Portrait series 22, 55, 60 and 62 are currently not found in our collections.
- Collection guide of the portrait collection (1500-1950)
- Collectie portretten
- Sanne Hansler
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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