Herman Ten Kate spent most of his life in The Hague, although he did occasionally travel to Amsterdam and Haarlem. Ten Kate was a member of the Royal Academy in Amsterdam in 1847. He was a student of Cornelis Krusemans from 1837 to 1841. Ten Kate generally depicted friendly genre scenes as well as scenes with soldiers inspired by the 80 Years War. His work is generally watercolors and lithographs.