About this artwork

This painting shows the youngest son of a family group, whose portraits by de Braij are in the National Gallery of Scotland. A very faint inscription states that he is seven years old, and that de Braij painted him in 1663. This was the same year that the portrait of his mother (NG 1501) was made. It is not known whether or not there were any other members of this family that de Braij painted. Very few groups of individual family portraits such as this have survived.

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.