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Pieter De Hooch was born in Rotterdam, Holland in 1629. He was
the son of a bricklayer and a midwife Little is known of de
Hooch's early history; he was a pupil of Nicolaes Berchem. It is
said that he was at first unable to earn his living as a painter, and
worked as a servant until he had the opportunity to paint. In
1654 he married and settled in Delft.
Hooch had a very close association with Vermeer, and much of his
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