Jacob van Oost I is regarded as the most significant 17th century painter from Bruges. He built his reputation by painting portraits of the upper middle classes. Here, Van Oost has presumably painted a portrait of the Baltijn family, who were not nobles, but they did own a ‘homestead’ in Sint-Andries. The father of the family points proudly to his estate in the background. In minor details Van Oost betrays the age of the figures i.e. on the shoes, on the cushion, and even on the biscuit of the child sitting on the maid’s arm.