Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken was an etcher, painter and writer on art.
Zilcken studied in The Hague under J. C. K. Klinkenberg (1852-1924) and Anton Mauve (1838-1888). He spent much of his life in The Hague where his favoured subjects were still-lifes, land and townscapes. He is perhaps best known as a graphic artist, particularly through his reproductive etchings after Dutch seventeenth century masters and he is considered an important figure in the Dutch etching revival
He was known as a writer on art, and was editor of the journal Elsevier's Geïllustreerd Maandschrift from 1896-1905.
Zilcken certainly knew JW by 1889 when he invited JW to contribute to the Nederlandsche Etsclub exhibition (#04260).
Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Heijbroek, J. F. and Margaret F. MacDonald, Whistler and Holland, Zwolle and Amsterdam, 1997; Will, C., '(Charles Louis) Philip [Philippe] Zilchen,' Grove Dictionary of Art Online, http://www.groveart.com (accessed September 2004).