Pieter Schout on Horseback, Thomas de Keyser, 1660
Equestrian portraits were traditionally the reserve of princes. Accordingly, in the Netherlands very few equestrian portraits were made, except for the court. Only a handful of burghers had themselves immortalized on horseback. Pieter Schout was one such citizen who assumed a princely air. He was bailiff – administrative officer – of Hagestein on the River Lek.