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Hendrick de Valk
Active in Haarlem circa 1693 - 1717
ACTIVE IN HAARLEM CIRCA 1693 - 1717
AN UNEQUAL COUPLE IN AN INN, WITH AN OLD WOMAN LOOKING AROUND THE CORNER

Provenance

Anonymous sale, Berlin, Lepke, 24 February 1914, lot 168, reproduced (as by Richard Brakenburgh);
Anonymous sale, The Hague, Z¿rcher, 25 September 1923, lot 83, (as by Jan Steen);
Dr. J.C. Hooykaas, The Hague (according to a label on the reverse);
Simeon Del Monte, Brussels, by 1928;
With London dealer, 23 Albemarle Street, W1, no. 29 (according to a label on the reverse);
Heirs of Simeon Del Monte, Brussels, by whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 24 June 1959, lot 58, (as by Jan Steen) through Eric Estorick, London, to Mr. J. Paul Getty;
J. Paul Getty, Sutton Place, Surrey, 1959 upon his death in 1976 held in trust by the Estate;
Estate of J. Paul Getty, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1978 (inv. no. 78.P  B.197).

Exhibited

The Hague, Dienst voor Schone Kunsten 's Gravenhage Gemeentemuseum, inv. no. 51-52, lent by Dr. J.C. Hooykaas (according to a label on the reverse).

Literature

G. Gl¿ck, La Collection del Monte, Vienna 1928, p. 23, cat. no. XLVI, reproduced (as Jan Steen with a false signature);
D. Jaff¿, Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 1997, p. 128, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

According to the records of the R.K.D, this painting was at one time signed. When sold in Berlin in 1914 it was attributed to Brakenburgh, so the signature must have been removed by that time. Later a false signature of Jan Steen was added, which was subsequently removed.

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