Everard Crijnsz. van der Maes: Portrait of Willem Jansz. Cock, Standard-bearer of the Orange company of the civic guard of The Hague (1617)


(Haags Historisch Museum, the Hague, Netherlands)

A special portrait this time. the person on the painting is Willem Jansz. Cock, the son of a wealthy mayor and a merchant in The Hague. Because militairy uniforms didn't exist then, Willem is wearing civilian clothing together with a ribbon which signifies to which unit he belongs. Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn painted the Orange company of the civic guard of The Hague in 1616 but on that painting the ensign is missing. This is probably the reason why a year later this painting of the ensign was commissioned a year later. Painting from 1617.

Comments