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    Sale 7446

    Important Old Master & British Pictures Including works from the Collection of Anton Philips

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    Nicolaes Maes (Dordrecht 1634-1693 Amsterdam)

    Portrait of Guilliam Dircksz. van Bleijswijk (1621-1701), three-quarter-length, in a black robe and lace collar

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    Nicolaes Maes (Dordrecht 1634-1693 Amsterdam)
    Portrait of Guilliam Dircksz. van Bleijswijk (1621-1701), three-quarter-length, in a black robe and lace collar
    signed 'NMAES' (NM linked, lower right)
    oil on canvas
    45 1/8 x 35 in. (114.7 x 88.9 cm.)


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    We are grateful to Dr. Rudi Ekkart for confirming both the attribution and the identification of the sitter on the basis of photographs. He points out that Van Bleijswijk was a pharmacist from Delft who was a member of a family of Delft Regents and a younger son of a Burgomaster of the city. In 1645 he married Haesken van Crombrugghe who died five years later. In 1651 he embarked on a second marriage to Catharina van Well (1628-1722), both of whom sat to the Gorinchem painter Gerard van Kuijl (1604-1673) for the portraits now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (inv.A3861-2; formerly attributed to Gysbert van der Kuyl).

    Maes depicts van Bleijswijk in the artist's preferred half-length format, hand on hip, soberly dressed in black, against a neutral background, in a manner that conforms fully to his portrait style of circa 1670. This is one of Maes's largest single figure portraits from the period lending the sitter a particularly authoritative air - an effect that is further enhanced by a slightly lowered view point and the man's dominance of the picture space.

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    Provenance

    Inherited by the Philips family in 1934, and by descent.