Portrait of Jan Pranger, Frans van der Mijn, 1742

Portrait of Jan Pranger, Frans van der Mijn, 1742

oil on canvas, h 210cm × w 154.5cm. More details

Jan Pranger was director-general of the Dutch West India Company on the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in West Africa from 1730 to 1734. Here he is seen standing in his office in the Dutch trading post Fort Elmina. All the details underscore the importance of his position: the house slave with the parasol, the commander’s baton, and the monogram GWC (of the Chartered West India Company) on the tablecloth.

On display in room 1.5 Rococo 1623 Trade with the West: WIC

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