PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
This pair of high-quality, beautifully-preserved portraits, with Cool's distinctive inscriptions, and a characteristic interest in the play and position of the sitters' hands, are an exciting new addition to the artist's œuvre. Though their identities are unknown, the pair makes clear why Cool's portraits were so in demand with the prominent citizens of his hometown of Rotterdam and nearby Delft.
We are grateful for the suggestion of the attribution to Cool by Dr Fred G. Meijer, on the basis of first-hand inspection, which has subsequently been endorsed by Professor Dr Rudolf Ekkart, on the basis of digital photographs.
1 R.E.O. Ekkart, 'De Rotterdamse portrettist Jan Daemen Cool (ca. 1589–1660)', Oud Holland, vol. III, no. 4, 1997, pp. 201–40.
2 Rotterdams Historisch Museum, Rotterdam, inv. no. HMR 11089; see Ekkart 1997, pp. 238–39, cat. no. 28, reproduced.
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