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1806, Apr 241875, Jun 3
a Dutch artist of ships. When he was 18 years old, he embarked as a sailor on the frigate "De drie gebroeders of Amsterdam." During his travels he mades drawings of the ships on which he sailed or which he saw in Harbours and on the Oceans. His production until 1837, however, wasn't very large. In 1832, Jacob marries Elisabeth Maria Smits. They live at the Brouwersgracht. Jacob and his wife Elisabeth have a total of ten children. Five of these children died when less then a year old. There are strong indications that Jacob Spin could not live from making ship portraits until around 1850. From that time on his given profession was "ship painter" instead of "sailor."
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