Jan II Baptist Kobell, called „Utrecht Kobell“
1778 Delshaven/Rotterdam – Amsterdam 1814

Dutch painter, draughtsman, etcher, and lithographer

Joannes Baptista (Jan) Kobell, son of the marine painter Hendrik Kobell (1751-1779), was a pupil of the animal painter W. R. van der Wall, but mainly he trained himself by studying and copying the pictures of Paulus Potter (1625-1654), one of the most important Dutch animal painters in the 17th century.

In 1806 he became member of the „Schilderscollege“ in Utrecht. In 1807 he founded - together with the painter Pieter Christoffel Wonder (1780-1852) - the artists' association „Kunstliefde“ in Utrecht, today one of the oldest artists' societies of the Netherlands, and he became head teacher of the society's drawing school.

King „Lodewijk Napoleon“ appointed him as a member of the Royal Institute of Sciences, Literature and Fine Arts which was founded in 1808 (Koninklijk Instituut van Wetenschappen, Letterkunde en Schoone Kunsten, Royal Institute of Sciences, Literature and Fine Arts, today: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences).

From 1810-1812 Jan II Babtist Kobell lived and worked in Paris and exhibited there at the Salon de Paris. In 1813 he moved to Amsterdam, where he died in 1814. Even during his lifetime his paintings and drawings were highly valued by connoisseurs, and today we can find them in many museums throughout Europe.


P.A. Scheen, Lexicon nederlandse beeldende Kunstenaars 1750 - 1950. 's-Gravenhage, 1969, vol. I, p. 615, fig. 83.

C. Boschma, J.M. de Groot e.a [red.], Meesterlijk vee. Nederlandse veeschilders 1600-1900, Zwolle/'s-Gravenhage 1988, pp 226-231.