MIERIS, Willem van
(b. 1662, Leiden, d. 1747, Leiden)

Militiaman with Empty Glass

c. 1690
Oil on panel, 30 x 24 cm
Private collection

Though this composition is typical of the Leiden fijnschilders, to which Willem van Mieris belongs, pictures of this kind are rare; we more often encounter the lively drinker cheerfully raising his brimming glass. This militiaman, however, is holding his empty römer upside down.