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North Netherlandish
Born
Haarlem 1641/1642
on 13 July 1668 he declared to be 26 years old, which means that he was born in 1641-42 (Biesboer/Köhler et al. 2006, p. 341); Thieme/Becker: 1640
Deceased
Amsterdam 1697-11-11
buried 16 November in the Nieuwe Kerk (De Vries 1886)
Family relationships
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Oldest of five children of the catholic painter Jacob Willemsz de Wet I and his second wife Maria Jacobsdr. from Diemen (married 12 May1639); Jacob declared banns on 28 January 1668 with Helena Stalmans; for their marriage contract,see Biesboer/Köhler et al. 2006, p. 342 note 4. When and where the marriage was registered is unknown. Their five children were all born and baptized in Amsterdam: Theodorus bapt. 31 October 1668, Maria bapt. February 1671, Jacobus May 1673; birthdates of their their fourth and fifth child (a son Willem) are unknown (Van Thiel-Stroman in Biesboer/Köhler et al. 2006)
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  • Haarlem 1658 - 1668
    first mention of his name in 1658 in his father's note-book, in which Jacob I declares to have sold two paintings of Jacob II for 58 guilders to an Amsterdam merchant (Willigen 1870, p. 326 and Biesboer/Köhler et al. 2006, p. 341)
  • Amsterdam 1668 - 1673
    on 13 July 1668 he gave testimony as a citizen of Amsterdam (Biesboer/Köhler et al. 2006, p. 340)
  • Edinburgh 1673 - 1675
    at the instigation of the English architect Sir William Bruce, Jacob signed a two year conrtract as court painter to king Charles II of England in February 1673; he painted allegorical and mythological scenes at Holyrood Castle, Edinburgh, and decorated Bruce's house in Balcaskie, Scotland. In Holyrood he worked at the same time as the sculptor Jan van Santvoort (Biesboer/Köhler et al. 2006, p. 341; see esp. Haverkorn van Rijsewijk 1899).
  • Amsterdam 1675 - 1677
    His return and stay to and in Amsterdam is not documented: for this reason he could be the Jacob de Wet, who was a member of the Guild in Cologne in 1677 instead of his father (see Biesboer/Köhler et al. 2006, biography of Jacob de Wet I).
  • Amsterdam 1677 - 1684
  • Edinburgh 1684 - 1689
    In February 1684 he was back in Edinburgh, where he painted 11 portraits for king James II in Holyrood House schilderde. Further assignments in Scotland included paintings for William, 3rd Duke of Hamilton (12 August 1685) 34 scenes from the Life of Christ for Sir Patrick Lyon, 1st Earl of Strathmore, (January 1668) in the Chapel of Glamis Castle (Scotland) on a coffered ceiling; inauguration 1688.
  • Amsterdam 1691 - 1697-11-11
    He was back in Haarlem on 28 April 1691 when he settled his father's inheritance with his unmarried sister Catharina before a notary in Haarlem. He died in Amsterdam and was burried there in the Nieuwe Kerk on 16 November 1697. His widow died shortly after 27 October 1707 in Haarlem (Biesboer/Köhler et al. 2006).
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Subjects
This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
landscape (as genre), history (as a genre), portrait, game piece (still life), marine (as genre), architecture (genre), Christian religious scene, genre, mythology
His early religious works are difficult to distinguish from his father's works; big Hunting Still-lifes with dead game-birds painted in a landscape are painted after his father. A hunting scene in Haarlem was formerly attributed to J. de Wit; (with D. Koetser in 1987). A hunting scene of the ICN in Delft (Willigen/Meijer 2003, p. 217).
Medium/technique
oil paint
Creation date: 1992-02-01; Last modified date: 2020-07-21

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