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Frans van Mieris the younger (1689–1763) was the grandson of the outstanding 'fine painter' Frans van Mieris the elder (1635–1681), the son of a Leiden goldsmith and a pupil of Gerrit Dou, an early pupil of Rembrandt in Leiden.

Frans the elder had two sons who were artists Jan van Mieris (1660–1690), who died in Rome and was influenced by Italian painting, and Willem van Mieris (1662–1747), the father of Frans the younger, both of whom produced highly detailed paintings somewhat in the manner of Frans van Mieris the elder.

Text source: Art Detective discussion ‘Could this work definitely be by Frans van Mieris the Younger?'

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