Jacob Fransz. van der Merck: Portrait of Gerrit Leendertsz. van Grootveld, captain of the blue company of the Civic Guard of Leiden (1657)

(Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, The Netherlands)

Another portrait by the Dutch painter Jacob Fransz. Van der Merck (1610-1664). Depicted is Gerrit Leendertsz. van Grootveld who was the captain of the blue company (1 of the 6 civic guard companies of Leiden) of the Civic Guard of Leiden. This portrait was commissioned as a set of 4, each portrait depicting a captain of 1 of the civic guard companies of Leiden, for the Doelen (the meeting hall and training grounds for a civic guard) in Leiden. This one, and the portrait of Claes Hendriksz. de Munt (see link below) have survived. Painting from 1657.

The other surviving pendant: Portrait of Claes Hendriksz. de Munt, captain of the Orange company of the Civic Guard of Leiden (1657)

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