Jacob J. Hinlopen

Jacob J. Hinlopen (1582 – 1629 in Amsterdam) lived in a house with Hinlopen in the gable, now at 155 Nieuwendijk. He traded in cloth and Indian wares. In 1602 he was co-founder of the Dutch East India Company in Enkhuizen, his descendants inherited very old stocks. He also was the first person of Flemish origin, that in 1617 obtained a seat in the City Council.

Christus in the storm on the lake; Rembrandt (1633) 160 x 127cm, stolen from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Jacob J. Hinlopen fatherEdit

Jacob J. Hinlopen became a friend of Joost van den Vondel, at that time also an Arminian. His wife was Sara the Wael (1591–1652), the daughter of a Haarlem burgomaster, beerbrewer and investor in the new development, the Lastage. The couple inhabited Herengracht 130, a double wide mansion.

His brother Tijmen, to whom the Hinlopen Street on Svalbard has been named was the director of the Noordsche Company and traded on Russia. Her brother Jan the Wael, just like their father burgomaster of Haarlem, was locked up in 1650 some weeks in the castle Loevestein with Jacob de Witt, before the raid on Amsterdam by stadholder William II of Orange.

Jacob J. Hinlopen, sonEdit

After the death of their mother the two sons inherited the mansion, designed by Philips Vingboons. Today Pijnenburg in the surroundings of Soest is still the largest domain in private possession. The ancestral house near the harbour was sold. The brothers bought lots in the Jordaan, hired a carpenter, and speculated with the building of cheap houses.

Jacob became commissioner of the Desolate Boedelkamer (Chamber of Insolvent Estates) and was involved in the selling of Rembrandt possessions and the inheritance of Titus van Rijn, the son of Rembrandt.[1]

Just like its brother Jan also Jacob J. Hinlopen (1621–1679) is known as a collectioneur of paintings, among other paintings: a Samson and Christ and the adulterous woman, both by Rembrandt. That last work he had bought in 1657 for 1500 guilders on an auction from Joannes the Renialme, an art trader.[2] That painting was then regarded higher than any other work by Rembrandt.

Jacob lived on the Kloveniersburgwal, opposite of Jan Six who was related to his wife, Anna Tholinx. Jacob J. Hinlopen was until his dead tutor of Johanna Maria and Sara, the two children of his brother Jan J. Hinlopen. After his burial the paintings, formerly belonging to his brother, were assigned by lot to his nieces.[3]

Christ and the woman taken in adultery. Rembrandt (1644), in the National Gallery, London

Jacob J. Hinlopen, grandsonEdit

Jacob J. Hinlopen (1644–1705) had married with Deborah Popta. This Jacob had very many functions, among which director of the VOC, schout and burgomaster. He moved in 1680 to Golden Bend, in a house nowadays the Goethe Institute. He was the owner of renowned Rembrandt Christ in the storm on the lake. The fairly large painting was stolen in 1990, in a brutal manner from a museum in Boston. The thieves rang at the door and walked around for 81 minutes. According to Elvin Post the guard got stoned, before he started his job.


  1. ^ Crenshaw, P. (2006) Rembrandt's Bankruptcy. The artist, his patrons and the art market in seventeenth-century Netherlands, pp. 61, 76.
  2. ^ Dudok van Heel, S.A.C. (1969) De Rembrandt's in de verzamelingen Hinlopen. In: Maandblad Amstelodamum, p. 233-237.
  3. ^ RAU 67-59. Familiearchief Huydecoper, on 11/7/1679 and 12/8/1679.

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