Lievens [Lievensz.], Jan

(b Leiden, 24 Oct 1607; d Amsterdam, 4 June 1674).


Dutch painter, draughtsman and printmaker. His work has often suffered by comparison with that of Rembrandt, with whom he was closely associated from 1625 to 1631. Yet Lievensís early work is equal to that of Rembrandt, although in later years he turned more towards a somewhat facile rendering of the international Baroque style favoured by his noble patrons, thus never fully realizing his early promise. Nonetheless, he became a renowned portrait painter and draughtsman, and his drawings include some of the finest examples of 17th-century Dutch portraiture in the medium.

Oil on canvas, 61 x 46 cm
Private collection

Daniel de Koninck

(b Amsterdam, 1668; after 1720 London).


Daniel de Koninck, who was member of a family of famous painters and goldsmiths, studied in Denmark under his uncle Jacob de Coninck (c. 1614.6 -after 1690). He then moved to England in 1690, where by the end of the 17th Century Rembrandt's popularity had started to spawn imitators. De Koninck was successful as a portrait painter, as well as a painter of tronies and oriental figures.


We are grateful to Professor Dr. Werner Sumowski for suggesting the attribution to Daniel de Koninck. He dates the present work to early 18th Century.