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Jan Mijtens, Portrait of Maria of Orange (1642-1688), with Hendrik van Nassau-Zuylestein (d. 1673) and a Servant, c. 1665

This is Princess Maria of Orange with her nephew Hendrik to the left and a second boy to the right. His name is unknown. He was one of the black servants at the court and was presumably brought to the Dutch Republic as a young boy by the WIC – as a present for the princess.

Maria was the seventh and youngest daughter of Stadholder Frederik Hendrik and Amalia van Solms. Mijtens portrayed her shortly before her marriage. The wedding was celebrated in Cleves, at the residence of her favourite uncle Johan Maurits.

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