Musée No:318.022

Musée No:318.022

Regular price £25.00
UK VAT included on all prices shown.

Monsieur Ruffle

Artist: Jan Lievens

Date: c. 1628

Jan Lievens (1607 –1674) was a Dutch Golden Age painter who was associated with his close contemporary Rembrandt, in the early parts of their careers. They were both born in Leiden, trained with Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, and shared a studio for about five years until 1631. They both produced portraits and history paintings, but unlike Rembrandt Lievens' career took him away from Amsterdam to London, Antwerp, The Hague and Berlin. He began his career as an independent artist, at about the age of 12 and became a celebrity because of his talent at such a young age. Around 1620, this attracted the attention of the Prince of Orange who bought a life-size painting of a young man reading by the light of a turf-fire. He gave the painting in turn to the English Ambassador, who presented it to James I. This was the reason why in 1631, when Lievens was 24, he was invited to the British court. During his time in England became influenced by the works of Anthony van Dyck. When he returned from England via Calais, he settled in Antwerp, where he met and married Suzanna Colyn de Nole. In this period, he won many commissions from royalty, mayors, and city halls.

The rather wistful looking sitter is in fact Sir Constantijn Huygens, Lord of Zuilichem, (1596-1687). He was a Dutch Golden Age poet and composer and secretary to two Princes of Orange: Frederick Henry and William II. He was the father of the scientist Christiaan Huygens. He also worked for (or had dealings with) James I of England, who knighted him, and Prince Charles. Whilst he was in England he was robbed of his papers and £200 in gold from his coach (a phenomenal amount of money) as he set out to Newmarket.  In 1632, Louis XIII of France appointed him as Knight of the Order of Saint-Michel.

Ready To Go...

Each piece of Musée Art is printed to order on fine art heavyweight 312 GSM acid free paper and mounted onto art board ready for framing or freestanding display.

Free Standing Display

Display your print right out of the box, each one is ready to stand on your shelf or mantle.

Don’t forget to tag us! #mymuseeshelfie


Frame Ready

All you need to do is buy exactly the same ‘A’ size frame as the print you buy.

Try our recommened suppliers.

Frame Suppliers

What size frame do I need ?

Each piece of artwork in the Musée gallery has been resized to work perfectly with International 'A' paper sizes.

All you need to think about when framing your Musée artwork is that it needs tobe in the appropriate A sized frame.

This means that no part of your artworkwill be lost to cropping when choosing frame sizes. It also means thateverything will work proportionately in gallery walls, and print sets.


Our papers are loved for their vibrant tonal range and the handmade feel of their beautiful texture. They are 100% cotton based which gives an aesthetic expected with traditional fine art techniques.

Each piece is printed to order in house in our own print studio and delivered in sustainable packaging.

All Musée museum quality prints are professionally mounted on 2.4mm acid free art board ready to free stand or frame. Mounted prints also help to preserve the qualty of the edges and keep the prints perfectly flat with no risk of cockling. Cockling is the process by which a print starts to ripple due to changing levels of ambient moisture which are naturally present in the air in all our homes. Also, when you decide to either change your Musée artwork in your frames or swap them out for a new find, a Musée mounted print will stay flat and safe whilst in storage.

Mount Board

All Musée prints are mounted on acid free 2.4 mm mount board ready for framing or free standing display.

312 gsm Paper

All muséee prints are reproduced on the finest quality 312 gsm museum archival acid free paper.

Cotton Rag

100% natural cotton based paper has a beautiful fine textured finish.