Pieter Symonsz Potter

Pieter Symonsz Potter (1597 in Enkhuizen – 1652 in Amsterdam), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.



According to Houbraken he was the city secretary of Enkhuizen, married to the daughter of Paulus Bertius and the father of the painter Pieter I Potter, making him the grandfather of Pieter II, Paulus, and Maria Potter.[1]

According to the RKD his wife was the sister of the painter Willem Bartsius, and he was the father, not the grandfather, of Pieter II, Paulus and Maria.[2] He was first trained as a glass painter and in 1628 moved to Leiden to learn painting in oils.[2] He is known mostly for genre pieces, farm landscapes and still lifes, and he became a member of the Delft Guild of St. Luke in 1646, and a member of the Confrerie Pictura in 1647 (although this record in The Hague guild archives may have been for drawing lessons for his oldest son Peter).[2]


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Pieter Symonsz Potter Biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ a b c Pieter Symonsz Potter in the RKD