A Portrait of Admiral Jan Jansz van Nes (1631 - 1680), seated by a red Drape with the Fort of Elmina beyond

Oil on canvas
Signed and Dated: "J Leveck. f. 1665."
103 x 89 cms (40 1/2 x 35 inches)
Essay: 

Elmina is in present day Ghana and is the oldest European building south of the Sahara. Originally built by the Portugese in 1482 as Sao Jorge da Mina, the Dutch seized the fort from the Portugese in 1637, taking over the entire Portugese Gold Coast in 1642.

Jan van Nes was Vice-Admiral of Holland and West Friesland and along with his brother the naval commander, Aert Jansse van Nes took part in the famous Dutch raid on the Medway in 1667.

Provenance: 

Private Collection, London

Literature: 

Menno van der Laan, 'Uit verre landen; Koffie, thee en andere koloniale waren', Noordbrabandts Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, June 2015, p.26, illus. col.

Exhibitions: 

Noordbrabandts Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, 'Uit verre landen; Koffie, thee en andere koloniale waren', June 2015, p.26, illus. col.