According to Van Mander in 1604, he was a promising young landscape painter who came from a good family in Haarlem, and thus painted as a hobby, rather than professionally. Houbraken reports that he died on August 5, 1617 aged 50. This date makes it very confusing for art historians, because catalogs from the Frans Hals museum have claimed for decades that this is the same person sitting at the head of the table in Frans Hals" civic guard (schutterij) group portrait The Banquet of the Officers of the Street George Militia Company in 1627 which was painted ten years later.
According to the RKD he painted Italianate landscapes and died on August 5, 1627.
This would place the occasion of painting the group portrait as the changing of the guards after the death of its most distinguished member.