Jacob van Strij was born on 2 October 1756 in Dordrecht and died there on 4 February 1815. His older brother Abraham van Strij was born in Dordrecht on 31 December 1753 and died there on 7 March 1826. They were the third and second of the five children born out of the marriage of Leendert van Strij (1728-1798) and Catharina Smak (1728-1792) on March 22, 1750 in Dordrecht. His father Leendert had a paint shop. He was also a house painter (coarse painter) and decorative painter: painter of interior pieces and wall hangings.
Both he and his brother were pupils of his father, and after taking lessons from Andries Lens, Jacob joined his father’s workshop. He was a member of the Dordrecht Guild of St. Luke.
His son Hendrik also became a painter, and besides his son, he and his brother took on pupils after taking over their father’s workshop. Their pupils were Pieter Rudolph Kleijn, Johannes van Lexmond, Jacob de Meijer, Johannes Rutten, Johannes Schoenmakers, Johannes Christiaan Schotel, and Gillis Smak Gregoor.
Leendert van Strij’s paint shop was located in the Grotekerksbuurt next to the Pelser bridge, just a stone throw away from where I live.
Van Strij died on 4 February 1815, at the age of 58, in Dordrecht.