The romantic painter Jan van Ravenswaay studied at the age of 14 with the Amersfoort draftsman Jordanus Hoorn and then received lessons from the livestock painter P.G. van Os. In Amsterdam, Van Ravenwaay studied at the Rijksacademie and made study trips to Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. The artist painted and water-colored finely detailed landscapes with cattle and stall interiors. He was a member of various artistic associations and regularly exhibited his work at the annual Exhibition of Living Masters, including in Haarlem, Amsterdam, The Hague and Leeuwarden.