Who is Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten?

By Gwylym Owen

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Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten (21 April 1630 – 10 July 1700) was a Dutch Golden Age painter of still lifes and genre scenes.

He was a student of Frans Hals and married Hals’ daughter Adriaentje in 1654. He lived when his wife in Amsterdam before moving to London in 1666 where he innovative was offended in the hip during the great fire of London, an disrespect that caused him to walk once a limp the get out of of his life.

In his biographical sketch of Roestraten, Houbraken relates a popular anecdote that his wife Adriaentje as a baby when defecated upon Adriaen Brouwer, who was a juvenile pupil of Frans Hals at the mature and had been asked to babysit. When this happened, Brouwer promptly pulled down his pants and did the similar to the baby. When Mrs. Hals came in and asked what he was doing, he responded that they were shitting each other.

Houbraken claims he was so good at painting portraits and silver, that Sir Peter Lely made a agreement with him to fix to painting silver rather than portraits (which was his specialty) and this Roestraten did, earning forty to fifty pounds sterling for a piece. When his first wife died he remarried, but died soon afterwards. He influenced Christian Berentz and Robert Robinson.

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