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Beaverbrook Art GalleryNovember 8, 20170 Comments

Collecting our thoughts: The Cotterell Family

The seventeenth century was the golden age for Dutch art, when the merchant middle class had increased in numbers and wealth to support a growing art market. Artists earned a living by painting landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and genre scenes that were bought to decorate homes. Portraits of prominent citizens, members of the nobility, and highly placed government officials were an important part of civic life, and family portraits were commissioned to immortalize family members and ancestors. It is from this era that we get The Cotterell Family (1658), painted by Dutch artist, Jan Mytens (1614-1670).

The Cotterell Family were a British family and their portrait was painted when they…

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