Born on 3 March 1631 in Amsterdam, the son of a textile worker from Valenciennes who had set up as a bookbinder. He joined the Amsterdam guild c. 1651 and appears to have visited Italy, financed by his brother, before c. 1653. He painted interior and courtyard scenes which suggest the influence of Brekelenkam and later of de Hooch.
In 1661-3 he served as a midshipman for the East India Company; drawings of the Cape of Good Hope and of the inhabitants of Ceylon were recorded in his brother's inventory. In 1671, when in financial difficulties, he embarked on a second voyage with the East India Company during which, on 16 November 1672, he died.