A Portrait of a Boy
Oil on canvas
73.3 x 91.8 cm
This engaging portrait possibly shows David Leeuw who would have been about eight years old in 1640.
He was related to the artist and was the son of a wealthy businessman and art collector. The full-length pose and the boy’s fashionable dress indicate that he is the heir to wealth and position. Flinck was a pupil of Rembrandt in the mid-1630s. The landscape, with its low horizon, brooding sky, and dominant brown colours, recalls those of his master.
Purchased 1940 (No.40.8)