Jan Albertsz. Rotius: The civic guard company of captain Claes Willemsz. Jager (1655)

(Westfries Museum, Hoorn, The Netherlands)

A great civic guard piece by the Dutch painter Jan Albertsz. Rotius (1624-1666). Rotius made 6 large portraits of the civic guard of Hoorn - propably because Rotius himself was an active member of the civic guard of Hoorn (he has depicted himself on this painting). The names of depicted men are known but not everybody has been identified. Depicted on this painting are (from left to right)

- Jan Albertsz. Rotius: artist and sergeant in the civic guard of Hoorn
- Pauwels Lambertsz.: standard bearer
- unknown
- Claes Willemsz. Jager: captain in the civic guard of Hoorn, mayor of Hoorn, member of the city council of Hoorn, member of the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier
- unknown
- Willem van Sander: lieutenant in the civic guard of Hoorn, member of the city council of Hoorn, captain of the Old Doelen, regent of the Leprosy-house, Commissioner of Little Affairs (= a judge who handled minor offenses)
- unknown
- unknown
- Jan Groot de Jonghe: sergeant in the civic guard of Hoorn, member of the city council of Hoorn, Commissioner of Little Affairs, 'damptenmeester' (= an official who handled the administration of the mills, sluices, lock tours and watercourses


The unknown men are 1 of these 5:
- Pieter Jansz. Schacht : member of the civic guard of Hoorn
- Boëtius van Elslant (1627-1678): lawyer, poet, member of the city council of Hoorn, member of the civic guard of Hoorn, Commissioner of Little Affairs, 'keurman' (= the electoral college which chose mayors and other members of the city council of Hoorn)
- Hendrik Gaarman: member of the civic guard of Hoorn, lawyer, principal shareholder of the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.)
- Pieter de Goyer: member of the civic guard of Hoorn
- Pieter Tijsz. - member of the civic guard of Hoorn


Painting from 1655

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