William van der Gouwen

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Putto blowing bubbles

Gilliam van der Gouwen (ca. 1657, Antwerp - buried on 15 March 1716, Amsterdam)[1] was a Flemish engraver. He worked most of his life in the Dutch Republic.

He made many title pages, maps and book illustrations for books published in Amsterdam.[2] A print of a Putto blowing bubbles is one of his artworks. The meaning of the bubbles is that life is short.[3]

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