The sitters, children of Willem van Liere and Maria van Reigersberg, were both born in Amsterdam, where van Liere was Member of the Admirality. Willem inherited the castle after his father's early death in 1654. Jacoba married Jacob van Wassenaer, Heer van Voorschoten Duivenvoorde en Veur, on 19 September 1668 in Voorschoten. Her brother Willem married her husband's sister Geertruid Anna van Wassenaer on 28 September 1681 in The Hague.
The identification of the sitters is due to W.A. Beelaerts van Blokland (op.cit) who on the basis of comparison with Roelant Roghman's drawing of 1646 recognised the castle in the background as Oosterwijck near Kedichem in the 'Land van Arkel' (drawing in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam, inv.no. 1898 A 7316. See H.W.M. van der Wyck and J.W. Niemeyer, Kasteeltekeningen van Roelant Roghman, I, 1989, p. 161, no. 142 and II, 1990, p. 110, no. 169, with colour ill.)
A portrait of the children with their mother was painted by Adrian Hanneman in 1663 (Stichting Duivenvoorde, Voorschoten)
We would like to thank the Stichting Iconographisch Bureau, The Hague, for their kind assistance in cataloguing this lot
See colour illustration