14 November 2012
Attributed to Catharina Ykens (Antwerp active 1635-after 1666)
Portrait of an officer, three-quarter-length, in armour, holding a commander's baton, a coastal cavalry battle in the background, in a stone cartouche surrounded by garlands of tulips, roses, carnations, purslane and other flowers, plums, grapes, chestnuts, hazelnuts and other fruits and nuts, with a butterfly and dragonfly
oil on canvas
104.4 x 78.8 cm.
Otto Wesendonck (1815-1896), Zurich, by 1888, and by descent to his grandson
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bissing (1873-1965), and by descent until 2011.
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We are grateful to Fred Meijer of the RKD, The Hague, for endorsing the attribution to Catharina Ykens (verbal communication 12 September 2012).
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