David van der Plas

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David van der Plas
Schouburg3 Plate I p220 21-Maria Sybille Merian 22-David vander Plaas.jpg
David van der Plas and Maria Sybille Merian in Arnold Houbraken's Schouwburg.
Born(1647-12-11)December 11, 1647
DiedMay 18, 1704(1704-05-18) (aged 56)
Known forPainting
MovementDutch Golden Age painting

David van der Plas (11 December 1647 – 18 May 1704), was a Dutch Golden Age portrait painter.


Van der Plas' portrait of Cornelis Tromp
Dortsman's Round Lutheran church in Amsterdam
Doll house in the Frans Hals Museum

David van der Plas became famous as a portrait painter, and his most illustrious patron was Cornelis Tromp.[1] In 1684 he married Cornelia van der Gon of Haarlem, the daughter of the castellan (kastelein) of the Oude Doelen, the meeting quarters of the Haarlem schutterij (the building currently houses the Stadsbibliotheek Haarlem).[2] David van der Plas' brother-in-law was the painter Govert van der Leeuw and his pupil was Jacob Appel.[2]

His wife Cornelia van der Gon was the rich heiress of the Amsterdam architect Adriaan Dortsman (ca. 1636-1682), who designed the round Lutheran church on the Singel. The marriage was childless, and Cornelia spent her time on her doll houses, which Dortsman had helped design and which Van der Plas helped decorate. The landscape painter Jan Wijnants also painted miniatures for these doll houses. Cornelia died in 1701, and after the death of Van der Plas, the doll houses were sold at auction to Sara Rothé, who used them to decorate her own doll houses. One of these doll houses can be seen in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, and the other one can be seen in the Frans Hals Museum.[3]


  1. ^ (in Dutch) David van der Plaas biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ a b David van der Plas in the RKD
  3. ^ Cornelia van der Gon profile, inghist.nl (Institute of Dutch History webpage); accessed 16 June 2015.(in Dutch)