Oil painting on copper, Possibly Greffier Gaspar Fagel (1634 - 1688) by Frans van Mieris (1635 - Leyden 1681). A three-quarter length portrait standing on a terrace in profile to left, his head turned towards the spectator; he wears a black silk dress with white lawn collar, over which his fair hair falls; his left hand is gloved and with his right he gestures towards a statue. Gaspar Fagel was born in Haarlem. He held the office of Greffier des Etats from 1670 and in 1672, aftter the assassination of the Witt brothers, succeeded as Grand Pensionary. He palyed a part in William III's accession to the English throne.
Greffiers Fagel sale, Coxe, 22nd May 1801, lot 34 (as anonymous sitter); anonymous sale, Amsterdam, 29 September 1802, lot 34: bought by Pruyssenaar; de Sereville sale, Paris, 22nd Januray 1812, lot 40; Lapeyriere (Perrier) sale, Paris, 14 April 1817; Count Robiano sale, Brussels, 1ff May 1837, lot 443: bought Nieuwenhuys (1799 - 1883); Charles Heusch by 1849; given to the National Trust by Anthony de Rothschild (1887- 1961) with the house in 1949
Ascott, The Anthony de Rothschild Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Frans van Mieris (1635 - Leyden 1681), artist
Smith 1829 - 42 J.Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish and French Painters, London, 1829 -1842 9 vols., no. 63
Smith 1842 John Smith, Supplement to the Catalogue Raisonné, 1842, no. 45