A Gentleman receiving a Letter

Jan Weenix the younger (Amsterdam 1642 – Amsterdam 1719)
National Trust Inventory Number 207766

Category Paintings
Date 1702 - 1716
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1372 x 1194 mm (54 x 47 in)
Place of origin Dusseldorf
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

This was probably painted when Weenix was working in Düsseldorf for the Elector Palatine, Jan Wellem, between 1702 and 1716. The sitter was probably a high court official, and the coins may indicate that he worked for the Mint, or that he was a collector.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, A Gentleman receiving a Letter by Jan Weenix the younger (Amsterdam 1642 – Amsterdam 1719), 1702/16 signed on a letter at the left - J. Weenix. A full-length portrait of a man leaning on a pedestal, boy with letter on the right, dog in foreground, landscape background. Probably painted when Weenix was working in Dusseldorf for the Elector Palatine Jan Wellem between 1702 and 1716. The sitter was probably a high court official; the coins may indicate that he worked for the Mint, or that he was a collector.

Provenance

Lady Rolleston in 1937; bought by Mrs Bambridge from Colnaghi, 14 June 1949 as Jan Weenix the younger, for £250; bequeathed by Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 - 1976), daughter of Rudyard Kipling, to the National Trust together with Wimpole Hall, all its contents and an estate of 3,000 acres

Makers and roles

Jan Weenix the younger (Amsterdam 1642 – Amsterdam 1719), artist

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Periods 18th century (85617)
Maker Jan Weenix the younger (Amsterdam 1642 – Amsterdam 1719) (7)
Subjects
Object Type Oil painting (12274)

Record Status

Enhanced

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