Albertus Verhoesen, who specialized in painting landscapes with dogs, small livestock and animal stables, is best known for his poultry scenes. He was born in Utrecht in 1806 and was apprenticed in that city to the painter Bruno van Straaten. Later he received painting lessons from landscape painter Jan van Ravenswaay and from the cattle painter Pieter Gerardus van Os. From 1824 to 1826 Verhoesen was part of the artists' colony in Hilversum. In these 'Hilversum years' he was probably taught by B.C. Koekkoek, who was also staying there at the time. In Amersfoort, Verhoesen worked for almost twenty years as a city artist (director of the local drawing school). He was also an art dealer. In 1853 Verhoesen returned to Utrecht, where he died in 1881.
The numerous scenes with poultry that Verhoesen painted were very popular. They are characterized by a very refined painting style, combined with a great eye for detail. He depicts poultry in all kinds of poses and with various backgrounds. Ducks, roosters and turkeys, chicks in baskets and hens pecking in earthenware dishes in the grass. Or poultry depicted in front of a wall with decorative vases and overgrown with ivy and a wide landscape in the background. But he also painted cowsheds and landscapes with cows and calves along a river, or goats in a summer meadow.
In addition to paintings, Verhoesen also produced some etchings and lithographs. He was tutor to his son Johannes Marinus Verhoesen and Dirk van Lokhorst. The work of Albertus Verhoesen can be found in the collections of various important museums in the Netherlands, such as the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam.