Royer, Louis

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Royer, Louis Gender: M
Lodewyk Roijer
born on 1 August 1793 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place Mechelen, Belgium, 51n02, 4e28
Timezone LMT m4e28 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 09°56' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 15°15 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 24°55'

Louis Royer (painted by Charles Van Beveren, 1830, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)


Flemish sculptor, the most important sculptor in the Netherlands during his time, known as the "Canova of the Netherlands" and later simply referred to as "the sculptor."

While studying in Rome he sculpted a portrait of his friend, the painter Cornelis Kruseman. He gained a lot of admiration for his portrait of Pope Leo XII, whom he portrayed from life.

In 1827, Royer returned from Rome and settled in The Hague, an important artistic centre after the royal family had moved there from Amsterdam. He was soon appointed court sculptor and he made portraits of all members of the royal family in busts of marble. Shortly afterwards he was also appointed director of the Royal Academy of Art in Amsterdam.

After moving to Amsterdam in 1837, Royer received many public commissions for statues of leading personalities from Dutch history, such as the statues of Rembrandt and Joost van den Vondel in Amsterdam, William the Silent in The Hague and Michiel de Ruyter in Vlissingen.

He died on 5 June 1868.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Bulletin du Cercle archeologique, litteraire et artistique de Malines," Volume 15 (H. Dessain, 1905), p. 202: "De meest geraadpleegde kunstgeschiedboeken geven een verkeer den geboortedatum van hem op. Hij kwam ter wereld te Mechelen, den 1" Augustus 1793, ten 10 uur des avonds."

Translation: "The most consulted art history books frequently discuss his birth. He was born in Mechelen on the 1st of August 1793 at 10 o'clock in the evening."


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Sculptor)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession ("Canova of the Netherlands")