About Jacob Fransz. van der Merck
's-Gravendeel circa 1610 – 1664 Leiden
‘s Gravndeel lies close to Dordrecht.
Genre and portrait painter; occasionally painter of still lifes.
Van der Merck was active in several Dutch towns: he is documented in Delft, The Hague, Dordrecht and Leiden. He moved regularly; to be able to sell his paintings in a new town he each time had to join the local Painter’s Guild of Saint Luke.
From 1628 until 1631 he was a member of the Painter's Guild of Saint Luke of Delft.
In 1636 he joined the Painter’s Guild at The Hague, where he seems to have lived for a few years.
In 1640 he joined the Guild in Dordrecht.
He was back in The Hague in 1649.
From 1658 until his death in 1664 he was finally a member of the Painter's Guild of Leiden.