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Born in Amsterdam, Jacob De Wit became famous for his door and ceiling paintings. He lived on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, and many of the buildings on the Keizersgracht still have door or ceiling paintings done by him. Since many of the families who lived in Amsterdam in those days had country villas, de Wit also painted in houses in the fashionable areas of Haarlem and the Vecht river.
According to the RKD, he was the pupil of Albert Spiers in Amsterdam and Jacob van Hal in Antwerp where he became a member of the Guild of St. Luke in 1714. His pupils were Jan de Groot (painter from The Hague), Dionys van Nijmegen, Jan Punt, Pieter Tanjé, and the brothers Frans and Jacob Xavery. De Wit died in Amsterdam in 1754. Tako Hajo Jelgersma was his follower.
• Baptism of Christ in the Jordan (1716) – Chalk and Pen Drawing
• Adoration of the Shepherds (1726) – Oil on Canvas
• Holy Family and Trinity (1726) – Oil on Canvas
Location of paintings
• One of his paintings for a door in Heemstede now hangs in Uppsala, Sweden, in the Linnaeus museum.
• A set of paintings of the four seasons depicting cherubs painted in a three dimensional monochrome style now hangs at Hinton Ampner house in Hampshire.
• Another of his three dimensional monochrome style cherub paintings hangs in Kingston Lacy house in Dorset.
• Old City Hall (The Hague)
• Museum Willet-Holthuysen
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