Adrian Hope, England, until 1894;
His sale, London, Christie's, 30 June 1894, lot 5, to Rothschild;
Alfred de Rothschild, London (d. 1918);
By whom bequeathed to his daughter, Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, London, 1918;
By whom sold London, Christie's, 31 May 1918, lot 135;
Sir William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (d. 1925), Wirral, Cheshire;
His sale, New York, Anderson Galleries, 19 February 1926, lot 273, to Mrs. A. C. Leeds, for $750;
Arthur Keating, Chicago, by 1948;
By whom given to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1948 (inv. no. 1948.569).
"Auction Reports: Leverhulme Paintings," in Art News, 24, no. 21, 1926, pp. 10-11.
Van Brussel began his career painting and designing wallpaper in Haarlem. After his marriage in 1774, he began to specialize in fruit and flower easel pictures. These pictures, of which the present work is a particularly well preserved and exquisitely detailed example, reflect the influence of Jan van Os and Jan van Huysum.
A copy of this work, also signed and dated 1787, was sold along with a companion piece in Christie's Amsterdam, 6 May 2008, lot 173, as Studio of van Brussel. Fred Meijer has suggested that many of the inferior copies which often times bear van Brussel signatures may in fact be tentatively ascribed to Johannes Christianus Roedig (1751-1802). The connection between these two artists remains somewhat of a mystery, as van Brussel worked in Haarlem and Roedig in The Hague.
We are grateful to Fred Meijer, of the RKD, for supporting the attribution to van Brussel, based on photographs.
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