Cornelis Pronk, who was a painter, designer and draughtsman was commmissioned to make designs by the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) between 1734 and 1737.
In August 1734 he was appointed, at the age of forty-three, to 'make all the designs and models to our satisfaction, of all such porcelain as will be ordered from time to time in the Indies.....' The volume of his known work is small. In fact it is possible to find only two drawings which are attributed with good reason to Pronk or his studio. Both are at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam - namely designs known as 'La Dame au Parasol' and 'The Doctor's Visit to the Emperor'. See Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. 1, p. 293; and C.J.A. Jorg, 'Pronk Porcelain', p. 73