Petrus Gerardus Vertin (1819-1893) was educated at the Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague, which is why his work can be counted as part of the Romantic period in The Hague. During his life he mainly lived and worked in the Hofstad, where he found his inspiration in the picturesque Dutch cityscapes and streets. He depicted them in summer and winter, with beautiful light effects and a recognizable color palette. He paid particular attention to the reflection of light on snowy roofs, window frames and sidewalks.
Every now and then he had his work upholstered by his friends Charles Rochussen, J.F. Hoppenbrouwers and S.L. Verveer, as painters often did in those days. Sometimes his work is topographical, but mostly Vertin opted for compositions of fantasy images, with a single recognizable building or part of a church depicted.