Paulus Verschuur (1606–1667)

Artist: Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem)

Date: 1643

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 46 3/4 x 37 in. (118.7 x 94 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Archer M. Huntington, in memory of his father, Collis Potter Huntington, 1926

Accession Number: 26.101.11


Paulus Verschuur served seven terms as burgomaster of Rotterdam and was also a director of the East India Company. Despite Hals's reputation for conviviality, his mature portraits are often sober and restrained in all but their brushwork. This may have influenced Verschuur's choice of the artist over a fashionable portraitist of Rotterdam or The Hague, but the sitter also had family and business ties to Hals's city of Haarlem.