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G. Jansen

(b Amsterdam, June 11, 1812; d Vorden, July 4, 1874).

Dutch painter, draughtsman and lithographer. The son of an Amsterdam jeweller, he learnt to paint from, among others, the landscape and cattle painters Pieter Gerardus van Os and Cornelis Steffelaar (1797–1861). His talent was noted at an early age: his competition entries in 1831 and 1832 at the Felix Meritis Society in Amsterdam won gold medals. In 1833 he was appointed a member of the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten and of the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut in Amsterdam. In 1839 he joined the artists’ society, Arti et Amicitiae. He worked in Amsterdam from 1846 to 1857 and 1869 to 1874, residing also in The Hague, Doorn (1842), Brussels (1867) and Haarlem (1858–68).

Verschuur specialized in stable interiors and landscapes; his beach views are also particularly striking. However, his favourite subject was the horse, which he was able to depict in a particularly convincing manner (e.g. ...