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Palamedesz (Stevaerts, Stevens) was a Dutch painter and the younger
brother and pupil of Anthonie Palamedesz. He was a specialist of
military encampments and battle scenes.
He was born in London, where his
father, a gem cutter, was in the service of King James I. The family
had come from Delft. After the family returned to Delft, Palamedes
joined the Guild of Saint Luke in 1627. Although he was short,
hunchbacked, and ugly, he married the daughter of a wealthy Delft family
in 1630. The couple had four children.
In 1631 Palamedes is recorded in
Antwerp, where he was portrayed by Van Dyck. He died in Delft and was
buried there. His calvary battles are related to the work of the Haarlem
painter Esaias van de Velde.
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