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(b Harlingen, c.1608; d Amsterdam, 27 Aug. 1651). Dutch portrait and history painter, active mainly in Amsterdam, where he had a prosperous career. The tradition (stemming from Houbraken) that he was a pupil of Rembrandt is now doubted, but his work was certainly strongly influenced by him; indeed, attributions have sometimes been disputed between them (see Bol). His best-known painting is the beautiful Portrait of a Boy in Grey (1634, Mauritshuis, The Hague).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)