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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The Wierix family (or "Wiericx" and other variants) were a Flemish dynasty of printmakers in engraving in the 16th and early 17th centuries, active in Antwerp and Brussels.

The first generation of engravers consisted of the three sons of the obscure painter Anton I Wierix:

  • Johann or Jan Wierix (1549 – c. 1618),
  • Jerome or Hieronymus Wierix (1553–1619) and
  • Anthony or Anton II Wierix (c. 1552 – c. 1604).

Anton II's son, Anton III Wierix (1596–1624) completes the engraver members of the family, although his early death prevented him from producing a large oeuvre. The group were known for their fine attention to detail and superb technique, but were not known for their originality in composition.

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