Eglon van der Neer was the son of Aert van der Neer, the Dutch
landscapist active in Amsterdam and he is best known for genre
pieces done in the style of Terborch and Metsu.
At the beginning of his career Eglon
travelled in France where he worked for the Dutch governor of Orange. He
returned to Amsterdam by 1659. From 1664 until 1679, Rotterdam was his
base. Thereafter he spent a decade in Brussels. He was appointed court
painter of Charles II of Spain in 1687; however, he apparently never
made the trip to the king's court. In 1690 he accepted the post of court
painter to the Elector Palatine, Johann Willhelm in Düsseldorf. Adriaen
Werff, Eglon's pupil, made contact with
the Elector Palatine in 1696 and quickly became his favourite. However,
Eglon continued to hold his position until his death in 1703.