Romantic artist Anthonie Jacobus van Wijngaerdt was born in 1808 in Rotterdam, where he later studied with art teacher and painter Jacob de Meijer. De Meijer’s forest scenes served as the model for many of Van Wijngaerdt’s own romantic landscapes, in which trees were a dominant feature. To gain inspiration, Van Wijngaerdt made several study trips (in 1833 and 1838) to the German Rhine basin, and to Belgium (1840). From 1836 until 1861 he lived in Gouda, where he worked as an art instructor at the Stadstekenschool until 1857. After that he moved to Haarlem.