Signed F. Van der Myn lower left (in the unpainted area)
Oil on canvas with oval view
Framed in an 18th century period called "Baguette Bérain".
Total dimensions : 80 x 68 cm
This 18th century Dutch school, presents the portrait of an elegant young woman who can be identified as Agnus Tolson of Giggleswick, thanks to a very close portrait signed and dated 1759, sold at Billingshurt, UK, in 2000.
Born into a family of artists who arrived in London in 1721, Frans van der Mijn studied with his father who taught him the art of portraiture. Influenced by his travels between Amsterdam and The Hague and his English education, his portraits illustrate his taste for the rendering of materials and the psychological truth of his characters.
According to the Dutch Institute of Art History (RKD), he was the son of Herman van der Mijn, born when his father moved to Düsseldorf to work for Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine.
Van der Myn moved to Amsterdam during the years 1742-1748 and then to The Hague before returning to England as a portraitist. He presented a painting to the London Society every year from 1761 to 1772.