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The artist, Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt was born in the Delft and was one of the most successful Dutch portraitists of the 17th century. His works are predominantly head and shoulder portraits, often against a monochrome background. The viewer is drawn towards the sitter’s face by light accents revealed by clothing. The portrait has been in the possession of the Williams family for many years, and has been gifted to Usher Gallery by the wife of the late great-grandson of J. G. Williams.
Maria van Wassenaer Hanecops (c.1542–after 1612)
oil on board
H 69 x W 52 cm
gift from Mrs V. Stapylton-Smith through the Art Fund, 2006