Engraver. He was born in Brussels, moving to London with his family as Protestant refugees. His father John became a member of the Company of Painter–Stainers, and his brother Michael joined the Goldsmiths' Company in 1617. Martin, continuing the family's artistic tradition, joind his father's company by patrimony. He wed Ann Winterbeke in 1602 but she died two years later, after which he he married Janneken Molijns. Both women were fellow refugees from the Netherlands; the latter bore him six children. In 1623 the actors John Heminges and Henry Condell commissioned Martin to engrave what would become one of the most famous - and debated - portraits in English history: the portrait of Shakespeare which adorns the cover of the First Folio. A few other works survive, none as famous as this. He is last recorded in 1641, admitting his son John to the Dutch congregation, and seems to have died shortly after. He would have been buried in the parish in which he lived.
St Olave Hart Street Churchyard
City of London
Greater London, England
Plot: churchyard, unmarked
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: May 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26829454