Jan van der Heyden is renowned for his technical inventions: in 1669 he was appointed director of the service of street-lighting and organized a lighting system in Amsterdam that was unique in Europe. He is still more famous for his invention of a fire-engine in 1677. From 1672, in which year he and his brother Nicolaas were appointed directors of fire-extinguishing appliances, they had worked on this invention. Soon after, Jan van der Heyden founded a fire-engine factory.
Jan van der Heyden is also known as a painter; and a number of pictures, mostly of buildings, still bear evidence of his skill and artistry. His son Goris van der Heyden was also a deacon of the Amsterdam Lamist congregation, 1701-1706. Jan's granddaughter (daughter of his son Jan) Jacoba (1705-1731) was married to the well-known Mennonite preacher Joannes Deknatel.
Amstelodamum Jaarboek 11 (1913): 29-118 f.
Amsterdamsche Stadtsgezichten van Jan van der Heyden, with introduction by C. J. 't Hooft. Amsterdam, 1912.
Bericht Wegens de nieuw-geinventeerde en geoctro-yeerde Slang-brandspuiten. Uitgevonden door Jan en Nicolaes van der Heyden. Amsterdam, 1677.
Bode, W. v. Die Meister der Holländischen und Flämischen Malerschulen. Leipzig, 1951: 365-369, 373-378.
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