Samuel van Hoogstraten

Dordrecht 1627 - 1678

Trompe L'oeil of a letter rack with self-portrait.

Trompe L'oeil of a letter rack with self-portrait.

Oil on Panel, 44.7 x 60.7 cm

Signed and dated on the booklet below the magnifying glass: LS Hoogstraten, 1663


Private Collection, England;

Koetser Gallery, Zurich, 2003;

Private Collection, France.


Horace Walpole, Anecdotes of painting in England, 1828, pp. 22-23;

G.H. Veth, “Aantekeningen omtrent eenige Dordrechtse schilders XVII: Samuel van Hoogstraten” in Oud Holland 1889, p. 137, 145, cites Gerorge Vertue who saw the painting at auction at Covent Garden in 1730;

E.W. Moes, Iconographia Batava: beredeneerde lijst van geschilderde en gebeeldhouwde portretten van Noord-Nederlanders in vorige eeuwen, Amsterdam, 1897-1905, vol. 1, p. 445, no. 3702-1, possibly;
The Twentieth Volume of the Walpole Society, Vertue Note book, volume II, University Press by John Johnson, Oxford 1931-1932;
C. Brusati, Artifice and illusion: the art and writing of Samuel van Hoogstraten, Chicago and London, 1995, cat. no. D54, catégorie “works mentioned in XVIIIth and XIXth century sources”;

Drohr Wahrman, Mr Collier’s letter Racks, A tale of art and illusion at the threshold of the modern information age, Oxford University Press, New York, 2012, p. 109, reproduced p. 108;

C. Brusati, “Paradoxal passages: the work of framing in the art of Samuel van Hoogstraten” in Weststeijn, The Universal art of Samuel van Hoogstraten: painter, writer and courtier, Amsterdam, 2013, pp. 53-73.

Additionnal Information

Comparative Letter-racks by Samuel van Hoogstraten




Dordrechts Museum, The Netherlands



Private Collection France