The Flute Player?
Here's another painting from the Looking For Owners exhibition at the Israel Museum: Philippe Mercier's "The Flute Player", on loan from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Strasbourg. Pity I can't find a coloured graphic. Maybe that's because the title is wrong. Flute? Take a closer look. This instrument belongs to the bagpipes family. It isn't the familiar Scottish version. Also, according to different sources, Philippe Mercier was German, French or British, all 1689-1760. (I mentioned before that Brits adopt foreigners with talent. It looks as though the French do too.) He was born in Berlin, but lived and worked in England from about 1716. He visited Ireland and Scotland. So my best guess is that these bagpipes are Irish. The correct name for this painting is The Bagpiper. Click the title link for an online gallery of MNR exhibits in Israel. The exhibition continues until 3 June.