About this artwork

This lady is the only female in de Braij’s group of four portraits of a Dutch family in the Scottish National Gallery. The inscription on the bottom left of the panel states that she is forty-seven years old, and that the portrait was painted in 1663. Her round features are rendered with a lively touch, and her eyes have a vitality that is testimony to de Braij’s skill as a portraitist. Her matron’s cap signals her position as a married woman.

Jan de Braij (de Bray)

Jan de Braij (de Bray)

Based in Haarlem, De Braij painted portraits, history pictures and mythological scenes. He trained with his father, Salomon, a painter and architect. Jan de Braij was commissioned to paint group portraits, individuals and families. Apart from two years in Amsterdam, he spent his whole career in Haarlem, becoming a prominent member of the city’s Guild of St Luke. He experienced financial hardship later in life and was declared bankrupt in 1689.