PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN WEARING A WHITE SCARF AND LIGHT BROWN JACKET
ATTRIBUTED TO RICHARD VAN BLEECK Circa 1670 - c.1733
Oil on canvas 30 x 25 inches Framed size 36 ½ x 30 ½ inches
Bleeck was born in The Hague circa 1670 and was the son of Pieter Van Bleeck (1697-1764) who was a portraitist and mezzotint engraver. He became a history and portrait painter and was a member of the Guild at The Hague in 1695. He first visited London in 1699 and went back to The Hague in 1705/6 and later spent much time in England, where his most successful portrait practice was based, mostly with Roman Catholic families as his clients.
A portrait of Sir James Holt by Bleeck is in the National Portrait Gallery.
Bibl: Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters - Ellis Waterhouse