MAES, Nicolaes
(b. 1634, Dordrecht, d. 1693, Amsterdam)

Admiral Jacob Binkes

Oil on canvas, 44 x 33 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The pendant portraits of Admiral Jacob Binkes and his fiancée Ingena Rotterdam were painted by Maes. The portraits commemorate the couple's engagement in 1676. Binkes was one of the most capable and courageous naval officers of the 1660s and 1670s. He sailed for the West Indies, shortly after the engagement, never to see the Netherlands or his fiancée again. He died in Tobago in December 1677. In 1685, Ingena Rotterdam married Pieter d'Orville in Amsterdam, and she died there in 1704.