Verrijk, Theodor Dirk (1734-1786)
Theodore (known as Dirk) Enrich ( Haarlem, 7 July 1734 – The Hague, 3 May 1786 ) was a North Dutch artist, decorative painter, draftsman, and copyist. He worked around 1760-1770. He was one of six children to Abraham Enrich (also an artist) and his mother, Mary High Baas. In 1766 he married in Haarlem Adriana Zegers, their son Henry was born in 1767. From 1782 he lived in The Hague with Maria Margaretha Hollem, after her death he continued to live there until he died at the age of 52 following a short but severe illness. Around 1761, Dirk had been working as an independent, itinerant, topographic draftsman. He worked in Mechelen (around 1769), he recorded scenes from Brussels to Paris where he had been living before 1768, he also worked on occasion in the Austrian (Southern) Netherlands. His sketchbooks and detailed drawings show landscapes and buildings in areas in or around Gelderland, Overijssel, Brabant, Utrecht, Zeeland, especially (North and South) Holland had the field. He was also known as a decorative painter of interiors, painting landscapes for decorative wallpaper.
His drawings during his lifetime were in high demand when in 1774 at least 28 works by Enrich were included in a sale of the art collection of the mayor of Schorel in Antwerp; the auction catalogue for Jacob Cramer Sijmonsz of Amsterdam contained 60 works. Several museums, public and private collections have works by him. Dirk Enrich is also known by the names Dirk Verrijck; Theodor Verrijck; Theodor Enrich; Dirk Verryck; Theodor Verryck; Theodor Verryk and Dirk Verryk. He usually drew T. Enrich -or D. Enrich – Del. et Fec. (or Inv et Fec..).
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