Jan Jacobs de Molijn

brother-in-law and step-brother
Death or Burial date: 
December 8, 1691

When Jan and Margrieta (Leeuwenhoek's sister) married, he was living on Choorstraat, and she in Amsterdam. He was in St. Lucas Guild after 1644, when he became a painter for the city. His father Jacobs did painting for the city until he died in 1649.

In 1655, Jan and his sister Maria co-signed the contract when Leeuwenhoek bought the Gulden Hoofd. They guaranteed the mortgage.

After 1658, when he received almost 2,000 guilders, Jan is mentioned in the treasurer's accounts as a city painter. He received payments every year until the early 1670's, and occasionally thereafter.

The information below comes from the treasurer's account books for those years.

1663 - now called the city painter (stadts schilder), Jan Jacobs received over 1,220 guilders for a variety of painting projects. That sum must have included his materials and, perhaps, assistants.

  • barges, doors, and windows
  • all the iron work in the Nieuwe Kerk's tower because it was rusty (roestenen).
  • bridges, houses, doors, and windows as directed by the city's inpectors of public works (fabrijcq)

1664 - Jan Jacobs again received around 1,200 guilders for his painting services. On March 30, Jan Molijn, city painter, received 140 gl 14 st for painting

  • the city's wooden bridges, jachten on city hall, on hoft and on city werft
  • Haagpoort bridge, the bridge in the Oosteinde, and the Waterslootse gate, tower, and gatehouse and others
  • ferry boats, the Oostpoort bridge, the ironwork on the tower, pestbordehuis, and others as per accounts and receipts.
  • some churches, poles, and other works, as per accounts and receipts

1665 - Jan Jacobs received almost as much for his painting services, often by receipt without any details in the account books.

  • Brants?ijlen, the boter banken, the ?? on the Oostpoort and the Stadhuis
  • Schoolpoortse bridge, the large jacht, and various houses and iron works

In later years, Jan Jacobs painted the great hall in the Prinsenhof and the walls and doors in the City's Latin school.

The image below comes from the treasurer's account book for 1673. It shows that Pieter d' Molijn, who apparently wasn't related to Jan, received 19 guilders 10 stuivers on July 23 for drawing three city maps (teickenen van drie stadts kaertjes). The next entry, two days later, shows Jacobs de Molijn receiving 54 guilders 14 stuivers for gilding two new vendels, which were the banners displayed by the civic guards. Jacob, Jan's father, had been dead for almost thirty years, so this must be Jan Jacobs.

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