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Paulus Potter

painter, draftsperson, print artist
North Netherlandish
Enkhuizen (place) 1625-11/1625-11-20
baptized on 20 November 1625 in the Reformed Church of Enkhuizen
Amsterdam (city) 1654-01/1654-01-17
buried on 17 January 1654 in Nieuwezijds Chapel in Amsterdam
Family relationships
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son of Pieter Symonsz. Potter (ca.1599-1652) and Aecht Pouwels Bartius (1599-1652). His mother was a descendant through her mother (Freekje Meinderts Smeyns) of the powerful Counts of Egmond (Walsh 1985/1991, p. 20). Married in The Hague on 3rd July 1650 Adriana van Balckeneynde (1627-1690, with whom he made a will on 2 January 1653 (De Vries 1885). None of their childeren reached adulthood.
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1641 - 1654
earliest dated works in 1641 (Buijsen 1998, p. 225)
Active in
  • Amsterdam (stad) 1631 - 1646
    In 1631 he moved with his parents to Amsterdam. Probably home-trained by his father, then with Claes Moeyaert
  • Haarlem (stad) 1642
    Apprentice with Jacob de Wet: in a sketchbook of Jacob de Wet it is noted that Paulus Potter had paid eight pounds on 12 May 1642 to follow De Wet's painting lessons (Walsh 1994/95, p. 11)
  • Delft (stad) 1646
    On 6 August 1646 he became a member of the painters' guild in Delfts as a master-painter. The amount he had to pay points to the fact that he came from outside the city (Walsh 1994/95, p. 12). Uncertain if he lived in Delft though (Buijsen/Dumas et al. 1998)
  • Den Haag (stad) 1649 - 1652
    in or before 1649; in 1649 enrolled as master-painter in the painters' guild, two years after his father had settled in The Hague. Since 1649 he lived on Dunne Bierkade 17, a property rented of Jan van Goyen (Walsh 1994/95, p. 12). On 3 July 1650 he married with Adriana van Balckeneynde (Walsh 1994/95, p. 13).
  • Amsterdam (stad) 1652 - 1654
    Nicolaes Tulp lured him to Amsterdam to paint for him with guarantees of his favour, so that he and his family went to Amsterdam on 1st May 1652. There he lived until his death (Houbraken 1719).
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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.
peasant genre, animal painting (genre), history (genre), hunting scene, landscape (genre), architecture (genre)
oil paint
Creation date: 1992-01-24; Last modified date: 2023-09-05


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