With Thomas Lawrie & Co., London;
William A. Coats Esq., Dalskairth, Dumfries, Scotland;
With John Levy Galleries, Inc., New York;
Mrs. B.F. Jones, Sewickly Heights, Pennsylvania,
Her sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc, 4-5 December 1941, lot 25, as by Rembrandt, for $13.000;
David Schur, New York,
His sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., 12 January 1955, lot 29, as by Rembrandt, bought by A. Bode (as agent) for $13.000;
Private collection, Switzerland.
C. Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibendes und Kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke..., Stuttgart/Paris vol. VI, 1915, p. 309, no. 736A;
W.R. Valentiner, Klassiker der Kunst, Rembrandt, 3rd edition, Berlin/Stuttgart 1921, p. 68 (both the above as by Rembrandt);
D.S. Meldrum, Rembrandt Paintings, n.d., p. 188, plate LXVI, reproduced;
W.R. Valentiner, Rembrandt Paintings in America, 1931, no. 25, reproduced;
A. Bredius, Rembrandt schilderijen, 360 afbeeldingen, Utrecht 1935, no. 153 (as Rembrandt);
J.W. von Moltke, Govaert Flinck, 1615-1660, Amsterdam 1965, p. 118, no. 253, reproduced;
K. Bauch, Rembrandt: Gemälde, Berlin 1966, p.47;
H. Gerson, Rembrandt, the complete edition of the paintings by A. Bredius, revised by H. Gerson, Amsterdam 1968, no. Br. 153;
S. Hochfield, 'Rembrandt: The unvarnished Truth', in Art News, December 1987.
This serene portrait of a young man wearing a black hat was long thought to be painted by Rembrandt van Rijn, including Valentiner and Bredius, who dated it to 1632 (see Literature). Moltke was the first who attributed the unsigned work to Govert Flinck and compared it to a portrait, traditionally known as Gozen Centen (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, inv. no. 4166), datable to the early 1650s (see Literature).
We are grateful to Professor Dr Werner Sumowski for endorsing the attribution to Govert Flinck following first hand inspection (according to a written communication, dated 18 February 2000).
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