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Family Portrait

Herman van Aldewereld, Dutch (active Amsterdam), 1628/29 - 1669

Made in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe


Oil on canvas

61 inches × 6 feet 5 1/2 inches (154.9 × 196.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Al Paul Lefton, 1972

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Andreas Joannes Ludovicus Baron van den Bogaerde van Terbruggen (1787-1855), Kasteel Heeswijk (near 's-Hertogenbosch); heirs of Baron van den Bogaerde van Terbruggen [1]; sale, Musée "Baron van den Bogaerde", Collections d'antiquités au Château de Heeswijk, Frederik Muller & Cie, Bois-le-Duc ['s-Hertogenbosch], June 19, 1900, no. 76 [as Hendrick ten Oever]. Gustave Maes (1851-1904), Lokeren, Belgium; sale, estate of Mme Gustave Maes of Lokeren, Galerie Fievez, Brussels, November 10, 1920, no. 8 [as Hermanus van Aldewereld [sic], signed and dated 1664, illus.]. Sale, Brussels collection et al., Sotheby Mak van Waay B.V., Amsterdam, April 12-15, 1921, no. 1 [As Hermanus van Aldewerelt]. Sale, Christie's, London, December 9, 1927, no. 29 [as Hermanus van Aldewerelt] [2]; purchased by Horne [3]. Clara Belle Lefton (1901-1983) (Mrs. Al Paul Lefton, Sr.), Philadelphia, by 1969 [4]; gift to PMA, 1972. 1. The Baron's collection was inherited by his two younger sons Louis and Alberic, who enlarged the castle and its collection, and opened it as a museum. Both were married and had no children. Louis died in 1890; Alberic in 1895 (on his deathbed Alberic married his mistress Jacoba Janssen). According to the terms of Alberic's will, everything went to the heirs of his brother Baron Amedeus, but the castle had to remain unoccupied and its contents untouched until the 80th birthday of Alberic's great-nephew Otto (i.e., until December 1963). However, in a court ruling the family won the right to sell the castle's contents, and a series of auctions were held between 1897 and 1903. 2. Provenance per Peter C. Sutton, Northern European Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art: From the Sixteenth through the Nineteenth Century, Philadelphia, 1990, no. 2. 3. Buyer name from Art Prices Current, 1927. Possibly the dealer Herbert Percy Horne of Florence. 4. Appraisal dated December 23, 1969, in curatorial file.