MIJN, Dutch family of painters, active also in England

Heroman van der Mijn was a portrait and still-life painter of some distinction, although his work shows little originality. His sister Agatha van der Mijn painted similar subjects and accompanied her brother to England shortly after 1721. Six of Heroman's children became painters: his daughter Cornelia van der Mijn (b. 1710) and his sons Gerard van der Mijn (b. 1706), Andreas van der Mijn (b. 1714), Frans van der Mijn, George van der Mijn and Robert van der Mijn (b. 1724), of whom only Frans and George established important reputations. Frans became an accomplished and fashionable portrait painter in Amsterdam and London; George excelled both his father and brother in originality and may be regarded as one of the best Dutch portrait painters of the 18th century.

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