Hendrick Gerritsz. Pot was probably born in Haarlem. He is thought to have been a pupil of Karel van Mander. He worked in Haarlem where he was elected Dean of the Guild of St. Luke in 1626, 1630 and 1635. He was in London in 1632, and in 1633, he was back in Haarlem as he is represented as a lieutenant in Frans Hals’ 'Officers and Sergeants of the Saint Adrian Militia Company' (Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum). After 1648 he was in Amsterdam, where he died. He was chiefly a portrait and genre painter, and his sitters were often upper middle-class citizens.