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Oil on oak panel
Adriaen Van der Linde was a leading portrait painter of children in the Friesland area of North Holland around the prosperous seaports of Groningen and Leeuwarden. The early 17th century in Holland saw rapid economic growth and a surge in the wealth of the middle classes who were keen to demonstrate this through commissioning portraits of their family. Children were often shown in opulent dress (black silk was one of the most expensive fabrics at the time) and wearing expensive coral jewellery as symbols of parental pride and wealth. Children from wealthy families were given coral necklaces as it was believed that coral protected them from illness and evil spirits and it was often given to babies for teething. The pet dog is another display of wealth and status as ownership was limited to the upper classes and its miniature size through relative scale is also used to highlight the young age of the sitter.
With Lane Fine Art, London
Sir Roy Strong 'The British Portrait 1660 - 1960' Introduction 'The British Obsession'. 1991