(bapt. Amsterdam, 11 Dec. 1599; bur. Amsterdam, 12 Oct. 1678). Dutch genre and portrait painter, active in his native Amsterdam. His genre pictures are mainly scenes of fashionable life (with ladies and cavaliers drinking or making music) or of military life (typically soldiers in guardrooms or plundering). His best works are usually on a small scale, marked by subtle silvery-grey tonalities, but he achieved one memorable feat on a much larger scale.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)