Oil/canvas, 166 x 100 cm, on the stretcher on label inscribed 'Miss Fursman of Gloucester', min. rest., relined. - The sitter was from a well-to-do landed gentry family. Her father, Rev. John Fursmann, was chancellor of the Exeter cathedral. The family of Martha Fursmans mother, Radcliffe, was portrayed by Thomas Hudson, so that some experts took into consideration an attribution of the painting at hand to that artist. Anyway the connection shows that the family set value on choosing first class portrait painters, like van der Mijn - Dutch history, portrait a. still life painter, founder of an artist's dynasty. M. was pupil of the flower painter E. Stuven. After being active in Antwerp for a short time he went to Düsseldorf in 1712 to work for the elector Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz in Düsseldorf, among others for the decoration of his palace Gerresheim. Later he frequently moved between Antwerp, Paris, Leeuwarden a. London. - Mus.: Moskau, München, Budapest, Hamburg, Augsburg, Turin u.a. - Lit.: Thieme-Becker, Bénézit, Bernt.