Jan van Kessel was the son of Hiëronymus van Kessel and Paschasia Brueghel (daughter
of Jan Brueghel I (Velvet). He was active in Antwerp where he became a member of the
Guild of St.Luke in 1645. He continued the tradition of his grandfather and was also
influenced by Daniël Seghers. Van Kessel painted garlands and bouquets of flowers, but
he is best known for small jewel-like pictures often on copper of insects or shells with vivid
colours and great exactitude of detail.
Pictures from Jan van Kessel can be seen in Oxford, Ashmolean; Cambridge, Fitzwilliam;
Madrid, Prado and Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum.
Drs George Boellaart pointed out after research by microscope that the signature is genuine and its paint is from the same period as the insects.
There are several other pictures by Van Kessel with a Brueghel signature. Compare K.Ertz, Die Maler Jan van Kessel: Jan van Kessel der Ältere 1626-1679 : Jan van Kessel der Jüngere 1654-1708: Jan van Kessel der ‘Andere’ ca. 1620-ca. 166: kritische Kataloge der Gemälde, Lingen 2012.
The avid collector Alfred Morrison esq. lived in Fonthill House in Wiltshire and Carlton House Terrace in London. Alfred Morrison was also in the possession of the Morrison Triptych, a Flemish altarpiece painted around 1500 now in the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. The master of the Morrison triptych is named after this collector.