Pieter van der Hulst
According to Houbraken he travelled to Rome in 1674 where he received the nickname "Zonnebloem" (sunflower) for his preference for a "wilder sort of flower" than Jan Davidsz de Heem or Daniel Seghers. He decorated his flower paintings with wild herbs, snakes, toads, salamanders, and that sort of thing. Later he tried his hand at painting portraits, but these were nowhere near as popular as his earlier work.
According to the RKD he was a pupil of Willem Doudijns in 1668 and travelled to Rome from 1674–1677, where he concentrated on painting flowers and received the bentname "Zonnebloem". He is registered in the Hague from 1681–1683, where he became a member of the Confrerie Pictura. From 1691-1699 he was in Denmark, and then he returned to Dordrecht.