About this artwork

This boy is the eldest son of the man and woman shown in NG 1500 and NG 1501. The facial similarities between him and both his father and younger brother (NG 1503) are clear; they share the same bulbous eyes, heavy brow and rounded chin. The inscription states that it was painted in 1662 when the boy was eleven years old. All four of the portraits in this family group were originally painted on rectangular panels, and were cut into ovals later.

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.