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Born in Antwerp, Jan van Kessel the younger was one of 13 children of the artist Jan van Kessel the elder. Van Kessel the elder was a student and follower of his uncle Brueghel. He painted landscapes, still lifes, insects and birds in the style of Brueghel. Three of his children became artists and he taught his son to paint before he travelled to Madrid in 1860. Van Kessel the younger became a noted portrait painter to the Spanish court.
oil on panel
H 54.8 x W 88 cm
purchased from Johnny van Haeften Ltd with the assistance of Mrs Dorothy Donnelly, in memory of her husband Gaylord Donnelly; Mrs Sonia Fuchs, in memory of her husband, Ivo Fuchs, and the Museums and Galleries Commission/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1994