This charming portrait of a boy who, not yet breeched and still wearing skirts, must be aged around 6 years old, dates to the 1660s. His rich clothes are in the French fashion, which at this time was being adopted in the Netherlands: a very short doublet, worn open to reveal his shirt, and an expanse of ribbons, which are similar to those found in the costume of the boy in Jan van Noordt’s portrait of 1665.1
1 Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, inv. no. B577; see R.E.O. Ekkart and J.B. Bedaux (eds), Pride and Joy. Children’s portraits in the Netherlands, exh. cat., Amsterdam 2000, pp. 266–68, cat. no. 74, reproduced in colour.