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Antonio van Diemen, Gouverneur Generaal van Nederlands Indiën

c. 1725
Dirk Jongman (engraver) after Matthys Balen

engraving on paper (sheet: 34.4 cm x 23.0 cm)

Anthony van Diemen (1593–1645) was governor-general of the Dutch East Indies from 1636 until 1645. In this capacity, he commissioned a number of voyages of exploration, including that conducted by Abel Tasman in 1642-45, during which he charted the southern coast of Tasmania. Tasman named the island after his patron; it was known as Van Diemen’s Land until 1856.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

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Artist and subject

Matthys Balen (age 41 in 1725)

Dirk Jongman (age 41 in 1725)

Anthony van Diemen

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Donated by

Loretta Pash (40 portraits)

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