A Soldier in a Cuirass seated at a Table holding a Pipe
after Frans van Mieris the elder (Leiden 1635 - Leiden 1681)
Oil painting on copper, A Soldier in a Cuirass seated at a Table holding a Pipe, after Frans van Mieris the elder (Leyden 1635 - Leyden 1681), bears signature Frans Mieris (lower left on table edge) and with inscription Fran Mieris on the reverse. Stated by Sotheby's (2002) to be 18th century copy after lost original of circa 1655-57 by Frans van Mieris the Elder.
Admiral, Sir Richard Rodney Bligh (1737 - 1821); Sir Robert Strange (1721 - 1792); Robert Napier (1791 - 1876), Shandon; his sale Christie's, 14 April 1877, lot 601 (29 gns) to Goupil by whom sold to Antony Gibbs (1841 - 1907); purchased by the National Trust from the estate of the late George Richard Lawley Gibbs, 2nd Baron Wraxall (1928 – 2001) with the assistance of the NHMF, Art Fund and donations from members and supporters in 2002
Tyntesfield, The Gibbs Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: inscribed Fran Mieris (on reverse) Verso: On reverse of painting 546F printed in black ink stencilled. Verso: Small paper label on reverse with the following printed Goupil and Comp./(of Paris)/Publishers and Dealers in Foreign Pictures, Engravings/and other Works of Art/London/25, Bedford Street, Strand, WC.
Makers and roles
after Frans van Mieris the elder (Leiden 1635 - Leiden 1681), artist