Many of Collier's vanitas and trompe l'oeil paintings include English texts and objects and seem to have been painted for the English market, a common practice among Dutch artists working in Holland. A number of paintings dated for the years 1695-8 bear inscriptions describing him as a 'Painter at London', indicating that he spent some time there. Lord Lothian was apparently a patron of this particular type of painting; at Newbattle Abbey there are examples of trompe l'oeil pictures by Collier and Roestraeten.
Although many authorities give his death as before 1702, this probably stems from his confusion with an Evert Colier, who was dead by 1702. His last known painting is signed 'London 1707'. Wurfbain (in Turner, p.568) gives as a possible date of death 1 February 1710, based on burial records at Leiden for a man named Evert Pietersz. Coleyn.
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1988, pp.11-12
Ellis Waterhouse, Painting in Britain 1530-1790, revised edition, New Haven and London 1994, pp.115-16
Jane Turner (ed.), The Dictionary of Art, London 1996, VII, pp.568-9