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Witsen, Nicholaes Corneliszoon (1641–1717), politician and collector, was born in Amsterdam on 8 May 1641, the third of five sons of Dr Cornelis Janszoon Witsen (1605–1669), statesman and merchant, and Catharina Claesdochter Gaeff, or Lambertsdochter Opsy (1619–1698). Both his parents were from leading political and mercantile families with ties to the ...