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Title Portrait of an Unknown Officer (called Prince Leopold Wilhelm)
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Attributed to Merck, Jacob Fransz. van der (Dutch painter, 1610-1664)
Previously attributed to Honthorst, Gerrit van (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1590-1656, active in Italy)
Date Earliest possibly about 1630
Date Latest possibly about 1664

This half-length portrait depicts an officer with long light brown hair, looking out of the painting to the left. Over his armour, he wears a large white collar and white silk cloth swathed over his right shoulder. 'Prince Leopold Wilhelm' may refer to the Hapsburg Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, cousin of King Philip IV of Spain, who created one of the greatest art collections of his time, curated by the artist David Teniers.

Jacob Fransz van der Merck or Marckt joined an artists' guild in 1628 and left in 1631. He painted genre and still life pieces, but was perhaps best known for his portraits and 'gallant company' paintings in the manner of Anthonie Palamedes. He was active in Delft from 1631-36. In 1637 he settled in The Hague, moving to Leiden in 1658.

Current Accession Number ABDAG002771
Former Accession Number 26.14.3
Subject portrait (Prince Leopold Wilhelm)
Measurements 73.4 x 60.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Robert Lunan 1926.

The painting was reattributed by Alistair Laing in 1999.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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