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Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraaten

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The Battle of Scheveningen, 10 August 1653 by Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraaten, painted c. 1654, depicts the final battle of the First Anglo-Dutch War (National Maritime Museum)

Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraaten or Johannes (Beerstrat or Bierstraten) (bapt. 1 March 1622 in Amsterdam – buried 1 July 1666) was a Dutch painter of marine art, particularly of events of the First Anglo-Dutch War and Dutch-Swedish War. Van Beerstraten depicted ports (Civitavecchia) and cityscapes of Amsterdam, as well as many cities and villages in the Netherlands.[1] He captured castles, churches and other buildings that no longer exist.[2]


The Ruins of the Old Town Hall of Amsterdam after the Fire of 7 July 1652

Jan Abrahamsz, painter, was the son of Abraham Danielsz., a table clothmaker from Emden.[3] He married on 30 August 1642, living at Elandstraat in the Jordaan. From this marriage twelve children were born.[4] In 1651 he bought a new house at Rozengracht (174) opposite a labyrinth.[5][6] [7] In 1652 he watched the fire of the old townhall and produced one of his best works. In 1658 Rembrandt, Hendrickje Stoffels and Titus van Rijn became neighbors. In 1662, together with his eldest son, he traveled to Friesland, Groningen and many other places in Holland. In 1664 his wife died after a delivery and three children likely because of the plague.[8]

In May 1665 he remarried in the church at Sloterdijk. On 1 July 1666 Van Beerstraten was buried in Westerkerk;[9] his widow died three weeks later after a delivery. Four children were taken to the orphanage; the youngest sons survived, one was a school teacher and the other a carpenter.[10][11]

Van Beerstraten was a pupil of Pieter Cornelisz van Soest; he owned a painting by Wouwerman, Pieter de Hoogh and Jan van der Heyden, and kept a large collection of books in his attic according to his inventory.[12] There is some confusion about the identity of four landscape painters named Beerstraaten; Johannis, this Jan Abrahamsz, Abraham, Johannes and Anthonie.[13][14][15] Currently, the RKD records Jan and Johannis as the same person, and Abraham Beerstraaten, who specialized in winterscapes, is considered to be his oldest son.[16] Abraham Storck who cooperated with his son, inherited his unfinished paintings.[17][18]

Selected works



  1. ^ https://resources.warburg.sas.ac.uk/pdf/cdh150k85b2430606D.pdf
  2. ^ https://www.stydiai.ru/gallery/jan-abrahamsz-van-beerstraten/
  3. ^ https://www.vondel.humanities.uva.nl/ecartico/persons/827
  4. ^ Abraham (1643-1666), Jacobeus (1644-), Antonie (1646-1652 or 1665), Sara (1648), Daniel (Utrecht, 1650), Johannes (1652-1667), Cornelia (1655), Maria (1656), Jacobus (1658-1711), Magdalena (1660-1666), Daniel (1661-1718) and Maria (1664).
  5. ^ Kwijtscheldingen, archiefnummer 5062, inventarisnummer 44
  6. ^ http://www.amsterdamhistorie.nl/jordaan/kannegieter/hoofdstuk8-2.html
  7. ^ DBNL
  8. ^ Fehrmann, C.N (1957) Kamper Almanak, p. 247-248
  9. ^ GAA 5004-25, f. 39.
  11. ^ C.N. Fehrmann (1957) Kamper Almanak, p. 246-254
  12. ^ Bredius, Abraham [Bearb.] Künstlerinventare: Urkunden zur Geschichte der holländischen Kunst des XVIten, XVIIten und XVIIIten Jahrhunderts (Band 3) — Haag, 1917
  13. ^ Most, G. van der (2002) Jan Abrahamsz., Abraham, Anthonie Beerstraten, kunstschilders uit de zeventiende eeuw, met een kunsthistorische bijdrage van E. Bartels, p. 20.
  14. ^ Abraham Beerstraaten in the RKD
  15. ^ https://onh.nl/verhaal/beerstraten-wie-schilderde-wat
  16. ^ Fehrmann, C.N (1957) Kamper Almanak, p. 246-254
  17. ^ Menno Jonker (2021) Abraham Beerstraaten en Abraham Storck, Oude Stadhuis te Amsterdam, ca. 1663-1667
  18. ^ Jager, A. (2016). 'Galey-schilders' en 'dosijnwerck': De productie, distributie en consumptie van goedkope historiestukken in zeventiende-eeuws Amsterdam