Pieter Jacobsz. Codde was born in Amsterdam, where he seems to have spent most of his life and where he died in 1678. Nothing is certain about his training, but when he married in 1623 he was registered as a painter. In 1637, he was called to finish a large group portrait initially commissioned by the Amsterdam civic guards in 1633 from Frans Hals ('The Meagre Company', Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum). Codde was mainly a portrait and genre painter, but he also made historical compositions.