Born in 1596, Jacques was the son of Jacques de Gheyn II (q.v.). He studied with his father and also received a broad classical education at Leiden, where he was a fellow student of Constantijn Huygens and his brother Maurits. The latter was particularly close to de Gheyn and the two friends commissioned Rembrandt to paint a pair of portraits of them, which were designed as pendants that could be reunited after one of the friends’ deaths. De Gheyn also travelled with the Huygens brothers, accompanying them to England in 1618 and Sweden in 1620; a series of delicate silverpoint drawings from a dismembered sketchbook are thought to date from the earlier tour. In 1634 he moved to Utrecht, where he served as canon of the church of Saint Mary’s.
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