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To the Editor:—
In regard to the painting of the front page of the April 8, 1968, issue, the sentence in the legend, "We know nothing about the subject of this painting," is not entirely correct. This painting depicts Gerard Bicker (1649-1666), son of the famous Andries Bicker, Lord of Engelberg, leader of the "Bickerse Lique," and the most prominent member of the Amsterdam Oligarchy at that time.Andries is known in the Dutch history by his opposition to the policy of the Princes of Orange (notably Prince William II). Due to his influence, his son succeeded Hooft as a bailiff of Muiden; Gerard, however, made a fool of himself during the attacks of the Orangists.
Koten JW. Gerard Bicker. JAMA. 1968;205(10):706. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140360066030