"Portrait Of A Young Lady By Frans Van Der Myn (1719-1783)"
Signed F. Van der Myn lower left (in the unpainted area) Oil on rectangular canvas with oval view 18th century frame known as "Baguette Bérain" Total dimensions: 80 x 68 cm This 18th century Dutch school presents the portrait of an elegant young woman who can be identified as Agnus Tolson of Giggleswick, thanks to a very close portrait signed and dated 1759, sold at Billingshurt, United Kingdom, in 2000. Coming from a family of artists who arrived in London in 1721, Frans van der Mijn studied notably with his father who taught him the art of portraiture. Influenced by his few trips between Amsterdam and The Hague and his English education, his portraits illustrate his taste for the rendering of materials and the psychological truth of his characters. According to the Dutch Institute for Art History (RKD), he was the son of Herman van der Mijn, born when his father moved to Düsseldorf to work for Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine. Van der Myn settled in Amsterdam during the years 1742-1748 and then in The Hague before returning to England as a portrait painter. He presented a painting to the London Society each year from 1761 to 1772. In 1750 Johan van Gool wrote about himself, his father, his brothers Robert, George, Andreas and Gérard, and his sister Cornelia who were all good painters. In 1808 Edward Edwards wrote about him: "Frank Vandermine, or Vander Mijne: a native of Holland, who lived for many years in England and practiced as a portrait painter, both in London and in the country. He was somewhere time in Norwich, where he painted several heads. He enjoyed high esteem as an artist, but was a bit boorish and rude: he liked to smoke and drink, and did not give up his pipe, although it was offensive to his employers. He boasted that after painting a portrait, the resemblance remained so strong in his memory, that if the image was immediately erased, he could repaint it identically without the help of the model… Bel state of conservation - Sold with invoice & certificate