Paul Potter, a Dutch painter, born at Enk-huysen in 1625, died in Amsterdam, Jan. 15, 1654. He studied under his father Pieter Potter, and in his 15th year had so great a reputation that he could with difficulty supply his patrons. He was unrivalled in the painting of domestic animals, which he invariably studied from the life, making the landscape and other parts of the picture subordinate to them. Some of his best works were executed for Frederick Henry, prince of Orange. His death was the result of excessive application. His best pictures are small, exhibiting exquisite finish, a free handling, and brilliant effects of sunshine; but some are life size. Of the latter class a notable example is the picture known as the "Young Bull," now in the museum of the Hague. Of his cabinet-sized pictures one of the finest is a landscape with cattle and figures in the possession of the marquis of Westminster. Another picture representing four oxen in a meadow, which sold in 1750 for £25, was bought in 1815 by the emperor of Russia for £2,800. He executed admirable etchings. - See Paul Potter, sa vie et ses ceuvres, by J. van Westeheene (the Hague, 1867).