Jacob Cats, an excellent draughtsman, who also etched and painted, was born at Altona in 1741. He studied under Abraham Starre and Pieter Louw. He was celebrated for drawing landscapes with animal accessories, his works having a distinct originality, and being marked by a poetical rendering of the features of nature, as well as by careful manipulation. They are often suggestive of Adriaan van de Velde and of Berchem, and are highly valued. He also painted some pictures on a smaller scale, and has left ua some etchings. He died at Amsterdam in 1799. Amongst his plates may be mentioned:
A View of Amsterdam.
Another; after W. Weits.
Another ; after J. de Beyer.
Six plates of Landscapes.
This article incorporates text from the article "CATS, Jacob" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.
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