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William Paedts as a child asleep in a cradle, with his nurse; in an interior with bed behind and a picture on the wall. 1664
Black chalk, on vellum
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Height: 294 millimetres
Width: 233 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The 1996-7 Malcolm Exhibition label text:
An exceptional work by van Mieris, whose drawings are not common. A second study of the child in the same cradle is in the Lugt Collection (Fondation Custodia), Paris, and is dated accurately '1665', the year of Willem Paedts' birth. Paedts (1665-1750) was a prominent citizen of Leiden, of which he was burgomaster several times. His father received drawing lessons from van Mieris, who was therefore the obvious recipient of the commission for the present portrait.
Van Mieris studied with Rembrandt's pupil Gerard Dou. Dou began the Leiden tradition for producing highly-finished, enamel-smooth paintings, of which van Mieris became the leading exponent.
Literature: J.G. van Gelder, 'Willem Paedts as an Infant by Frans van Mieris the Elder', in W.Strauss (ed.), Tribute to Wolfgang Stechow, 1976, p.70, fig.1.
See also M. Bemt, 'Frans van Mieris', II, 1958, pl.401.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996-7 Sept-Jan, BM, Malcolm Collection, no. 97
1990 April-Aug, BM, Treasures of P&D (no cat.)
2000-1 Dec-Feb, BM Great Court, Human Image
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- Acquisition notes
- D. Marsbag; his sale, Amsterdam, 30 October, 1775, portfolio D, no.205, bt Yver, f.299.10
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