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Militia Company of District XI under the Command of Captain Reynier Reael, Known as ‘The Meagre Company’  1637

by Frans Hals

A commission for a civic guard portrait was rarely granted to a painter from outside the city. Quite exceptionally, Frans Hals – from Haarlem – was asked to paint this group portrait. However, he soon found himself at odds with the guardsmen, and the Amsterdam painter Pieter Codde had to step in to finish the seven figures on the right. Known for his small-scale, very smoo...
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