Hermanus Koekkoek Jr. also known as Jan van Couver and L. van Staaten was born on December 8, 1836, in Amsterdam. He resided in both Amsterdam and London between 1859-1869. In 1869, he decided to move to London permanently. He studied under his father, Hermanus Koekkoek Sr., and primarily painted seascapes.
Hermanus Koekkoek Jr. passed away in London, but he was buried in Den Haag (The Hague).