Painter, publisher, etcher and draughtsman, Antoni Waterloo was born in Lille in 1609. He is thought to have been self-taught, counting many artists among his family and friends who introduced him to the techniques of art.
Waterloo moved about quite a bit during his life, making the traditional Rhine voyage and, in 1660, traveling to Altona, Hamburg, Holstein, Bergdorf, Blankenese, Lüneburg and Gdansk. He may have also visited Italy, as some of his prints seem rather Italianate. Waterloo and his wife settled in Maarssen, near Utrecht in 1674. He lived a relatively long life, dying in 1690 at the age of 81 in St. Jobsgasthuis in Utrecht.
Waterloo created one hundred and twenty-six original etchings. None are dated. His etchings concentrate almost solely on landscape views and his depictions of forests and trees became so popular during the eighteenth century that many European artists attempted to imitate his style. Many of Waterloo’s etched plates were reprinted in the latter part of the seventeenth century, by Danckerts in Amsterdam and in the eighteenth century, by Basan.
In 1795, Adam von Bartsch published the first edition of his catalogue of the prints of Antoni Waterloo, possibly making it one of the first catalogues raisonnés of any printmaker.