Frisius, Simon an eminent Dutch engraver, was born at Leeuwarden, in Friesland, about 1580. He is regarded as the first who brought etching to perfection. The following are some of his principal works: The Descent of the Holy Ghost; The Assumption of the Virgin; The Virgin Suckling the Infant. See Biog. Universelle, s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.