Sir Thomas Hanmer (1612–1678), 2nd Baronet of Hanmer, Flintshire (Clwyd), was a page and cup-bearer at the court of Charles I. As well as being a man of taste, he was also a noted horticulturist, introducing many new plants to his garden in Bettisfield Park, Flintshire. Janssens van Ceulen, although British-born of Flemish parents, trained abroad before setting up as a portraitist in London. He retired to Holland at the outbreak of the Civil War. The restrained silvery tonality of the portrait complements the refined, sensitive character of the sitter.
Where to see this painting?
National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff
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