A Gentleman receiving a Letter
||1702 - 1716
||Oil on canvas
||1372 x 1194 mm (54 x 47 in)
|Place of origin
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.
Oil painting on canvas, A Gentleman receiving a Letter, 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.
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
Jan Baptist Weenix (Amsterdam 1621 – Utrecht 1660/61), artist