Painted Circa 1670 Flourished 1670s - 1708 Oil on canvas 50 x 40 inches Framed size 57 ¼ x 47 ¾ inches
Willem Sonmans, or sometimes called Souman was of Dutch origin and born in Dordrecht circa 1640. He was a painter of portraits and his style echoes both Riley and Kneller. His colouring is similar to that of fellow Dutch painter Willem Wissing, who was working in the same period and all of these influences can be seen in this painting.He was based in London but spent term-time in Oxford, where a few academic portraits remain. Whilst in England he was known to have replicated a considerable amount of portraits of famous people from the 16th Century. There are very few known fully autograph works by this highly competent painter.After the death of Lely in 1680, he became popular and had a successful practice.
Willem was buried in London on 15 July 1708.
Bibl: Dictionary of 16th & 17th Century British Painters – Ellis Waterhouse
Attributed to Willem Sonmans Portrait of a Nobleman