Jacobus Linthorst was born in Amsterdam and spent all his life in his native town, where he died in 1815. In June of 1789, he was registered as a citizen and painter and during the same month he joined the Amsterdam guild of St Luke. Nothing is known about Linthorst’s artistic training. He may have chosen a career as a painter somewhat later in life, since his earliest known works stem from 1780, when he was already thirty-five years old. Like most still-life painters of his day, he was inspired by the work of Jan van Huijsum (1682-1749) and his style is clearly related to that of his contemporaries Jan van Os (1744-1808) and Paul Theodoor van Brussel (1754-1795). Linthorst himself was the teacher of the still-life painter Jan Evert Morel (1769-1808).