Johannes Bosboom was apprenticed to his neighbour, Bartholomeus Johannes van Hove (1790-1880). There he painted views of cities and churches and assisted his master with the painting of stage decorations and theatre sets. He also enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Bosboom established his own studio and made church interiors his speciality. These works proved popular with buyers and critics at exhibitions. After his marriage to the novelist Anna Louisa Geertruida Toussaint (1812-1886) Bosboom would frequently paint subjects relating to North Holland. In 1862 he became depressed after the death of his brother and he only recovered in 1865. In the same year Bosboom was awarded the Order of Leopold, a culmination of the many honours for his works both at home and abroad.