Nicolaes Maes (Dordrecht 1634-1693 Amsterdam)
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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

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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.)
Provenance
Inherited by the Philips family in 1934, and by descent.
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Lot Essay

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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