Born in Amsterdam, Holland, Jacob emigrated with his parents to New York in 1659. He was admitted as a member of the Dutch Church in 1676 and three years later married Katharina Klock. Boelen's name appears a number of times on the City records, showing that from 1685 to 1694 he was assessor for the North Ward in New York City and was elected alderman of that same ward in 1695, and again in 1697. He was admitted as a freeman on July 19, 1698,...
Rosa Bonheur was one of the most famous painters and sculptors of the 19th century, receiving both critical and public acclaim for painting in the style known as the "juste milieu", a middle ground that managed to combine the innovations of the Barbizon painters with more traditional genre and landscape conventions. Rosalie, to be known as Rosa Bonheur, was born in Bordeaux on March 16, 1822. Her father, Raimond, was a minor artist and drawing master and her mother a member of the...