SOLD BY THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM TO BENEFIT FUTURE PAINTING ACQUISITIONS
signed (strengthened) or bears signature lower right on the pedestal: N. Maes with traces of an old signature lower right
Private collection, Brussels or Antwerp,
By whom (anonymously) sold, Antwerp, Van Herck, 24 October 1927, lot 57;
Alphonse Giroux, Brussels,
His sale, Brussels, Giroux, 5 March 1928, lot 34;
With J. Leger & Son, London, by 1929;
H.J. Spiller, by 1935,
By whom (anonymously) sold, London, Christie's, 26 July 1935, lot 139, to Bacon for 32 Guineas;
Private collection, England, before 1962;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 July 1962, lot 111;
Alfred S. Karlsen, Beverly Hills,
By whom offered, London, Christie's, 19 November 1971, lot 75, by inheritance to Peter Moller;
Mr and Mrs Peter Moller, Los Angeles, by whom donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1976 (inv. no. 76.PA.40).
Acquired by the museum as by Nicolaes Maes in 1976, and published by Sumowski as such, but reattributed to Karel Dujardin following a suggestion by Arthur Wheelock and research by Thomas Kren who, comparing it to other portraits by Dujardin, dated it to the 1660s. Jennifer Killian writing on Dujardin, rightly rejected this attribution.1 Subsequently, in the first years of the 2000s it was returned to Nicolaes Maes. It is fully characteristic of the artist, and is to be considered to be a late work, from around 1670. Sumowski compares it with portraits dated 1669 and 1672.2
1. See under Literature, 1993 and 2005.
2. In Hamburg, Kunsthalle, and The Hague, Gemeentemuseum; see Sumowski under Literature, p. 2030, nos. 1407 and 1410, reproduced pp. 2133 and 2136.
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