Johan Georg Gerstenhauer Zimmerman, sometims also written als Johann Georg Gerstenhauer Zimmermann was the son of the painter and draughtsman Jan Wendel Gerstenhauer Zimmermann (1816, Monnikendam-Rotterdam, 1887) and Elisabeth van Kell (1818-1887).
Johan was a pupil of Jan Adam Kruseman (Haarlem, 1804-1862) at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam. He was a painter, draughtsman and lithographer as well. He was active in Amsterdam till 1859, Middelburg between 1862 and 1870, Rotterdam till 1900, The Hague from 1900 till 1903 and afterwards in Utrecht.
The sitter of this exquisitely fine and almost photographic pencil drawing, a young and well to do lady, remains unfortunately unknown.
Comparable drawings by his hand are the portraits of Abigael Mendes (1840-1905) and Jeanne Maria de Bruyn (1850-1913).(images 2 and 3)
 Pieter A. Scheen, Lexicon Nederlandse beeldende kunstenaars 1750-1950. Kunsthandel Pieter A. Scheen N.V., Den Haag, 1959. p. 371 and 372
 Johan Georg Gerstenhauer Zimmerman, Portrait of Abigael Mendes (1840-1905). Pencil, heigthened with white, 235 x 175 mm. Kasteel te Renswoude, lost in the fire of 1985.
 Johan Georg Gerstenhauer Zimmerman, Portrait of Jeanne Maria de Bruyn (1850-1913). Pencil, sizes unknown. Signed and dated 1913.