(b Amsterdam, bapt 2 Dec 1640; d Amsterdam, bur 20 Jan 1690).
Dutch engraver, draughtsman and printseller. He was the son of a
shopkeeper and the pupil and eventual heir of Cornelis van Dalen
(1636–64). His dated prints commenced in 1665, and, as well as
portraits, they include biblical, mythological and genre subjects,
as well as six views of Amsterdam after Jacob van Ruisdael, and two
of the Jewish burial-ground there (1670; also after van Ruisdael).
During this period he produced many exceptional line-engravings,
such as his sensitive portrait of Govaert Flinck and the equestrian
Pieter Schout Muylman (see Hollstein, pp. 167, 179). Blooteling went
to London in 1672, probably at the suggestion of David Loggan, whose
plumbago miniatures he emulated in such works as the signed Noah
Bridges (London, BM). He met Peter Lely and Mary Beale and engraved
portraits after them. During his stay he became increasingly
involved in mezzotint engraving and, in collaboration with his
brother-in-law Gerard Valck, significantly advanced its technique
through fully grinding the plate with the rocker in order to achieve
a solid black ground; this produced controlled and intense contrasts
by use of the scraper and burnisher alone. His large plates of
Charles II, James, Duke of York and James, Duke of Monmouth (all
after Lely; see Hollstein, pp. 223, 237, 244) are among the early
masterpieces of the mezzotint, and his influence on the later
English practitioners of the medium was immeasurable. He was again
in Amsterdam by September 1678, when he acted as godfather to his
nephew Abraham Valck, but he kept up his contacts with London.
During his later years he concentrated on the business side of his
activities, particularly the publication and sale of prints and
maps. However, he still found time to engrave 265 plates for
Agostino Lionardo’s Gemmae et sculpturae antiquae (Amsterdam, 1685).