Bottema, Tjeerd

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Bottema, Tjeerd Gender: M
born on 6 February 1884 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Langezwaag, Netherlands, 52n59, 6e00
Timezone LMT m6e00 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 16°48' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 11°44 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 13°48'

Tjeerd Bottema (Bust)
photo: Richardkw (Richard VanderNiet, Katwijk), license cc-by-sa-3.0


Dutch painter, illustrator and book cover designer. As an illustrator he made the drawings for the novels of the Dutch Protestant writers Anne de Vries and W.G. van der Hulst, but he also made drawings for the socialist satiric magazine De Ware Jacob. A drawing made by him of a tramp inspired the Dutch writer John Henri uit den Bogaard to create the character Swiebertje. Bottema also illustrated the Dutch translation of The Wind in the Willows (De Avonturen van Mr. Mol).

Bottema was a student at Kunstnijverheidsschool Quellinus and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. He was a student of August Allebé, Antoon Derkinderen, George Sturm and Nicolaas van der Waay.

Winning the Dutch Prix de Rome in 1907 allowed him to make trips to Italy, Spain, Morocco, France, England and Belgium. After graduation he worked from 1911 to 1919 in Laren. Then he settled in Katwijk aan Zee, where he lived until his death on 8 March 1978.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1907 (Dutch Prix de Rome)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 94)
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist (Book illustrator)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Dutch Prix de Rome)