Cornelis Springer was educated at the Amsterdam School of Drawing, where he was taught by J. van der Stok and H.G. ten Cate. In 1835, Cornelis Springer took up an apprenticeship with K. Karsen. Karsen taught him how to combine studies from several buildings to one fantastical and coherent scene.
From the fifties onward, his work consisted predominantly of picturesque Dutch cityscapes, his trademark, usually adorned by contemporary clad people. His work received high praise by his peers, and Cornelis Springer’s work fetched high prices during his time. The painter received several Royal medals.