Pieter de Molijn was the son of Flemish immigrants, Pieter de Molijn and was born in
London.4 He settled in Haarlem by 1616 and in that year joined the local Guild of St Luke. In 1624 he married Mayken Gerards. De Molijn was recorded as a member of the civic guard in
Haarlem in the years 1624, 1627 and 1630 and he also served various functions in the
painters’ guild; in 1631, 1637, 1645 and 1649 he was appointed commissioner of the guild, in
1636-37 he was the guild’s alms collector, and holding the office of dean in 1633, 1638 and
1646. His documented pupils were Christian de Hulst, Jan Nose and Gerard ter Borch (1617-
81). His biographer Arnold Houbraken claimed that Allaert van Everdingen (1621-75) also
trained with him. De Molijn made collaborative works with a number of painters, including
the just-mentioned Ter Borch and Frans Hals, and possibly also with Pieter de Grebber, Jacob
de Wet, Jacob Pynas and Nicolaes Berchem.
1 For a discussion of this work see: P.C. Sutton (ed.), Masters of 17th-century Dutch landscape
painting, exh. cat. Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum); Boston (Museum of Fine Arts); Philadelphia
(Philadelphia Museum of Art) 1987, nr. 56, pp. 374-76.
2 Earlier seems impossible. As dated examples of 1625 show, De Molijn was then still painting in the
old-fashioned Flemish style of David Vinckboons cum suis. For this see: ibid., p. 375.
3 For which see: A.J. Allen, The life and art of Pieter Molyn, diss. University of Maryland, Ann Arbor
(MI), 1987, pp. 162, 171, 172, 192, 193. For drawings including this motif: H.U. Beck, Pieter Molyn
1595-1661: Katalog der Handzeichnungen, Doornspijk 1998, pp. 60, 101, 147, 152.
4 For a recent and thorough biography, see: N. Köhler et al. (eds.), Painting in Haarlem 1500-1850:
the collection of the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem 2006, pp. 246-47.