Lot 32
  • 32

Abraham Lambertsz. van den Tempel

30,000 - 40,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Abraham Lambertsz. van den Tempel
  • Portrait of Jacquemijna Le Pla
  • oil on canvas
  • 45 1/4 by 36 1/4 in.; 114.9 by 92.3 cm.


Ralph Bernal, Esq., England;
His deceased sale, London, Christie's, 5 March - 30 April 1855, lot 778;
E. Gutzwiller, Esq;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 22-23 December 1937, lot 18, for 27-6 guineas to Deane;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 24 October 1986, lot 240;
William Drown, London;
From whom acquired.


Austin, University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, 1986 - 2000 (on loan);
Tyler, Texas, The Tyler Museum of Art, 2000-2007 (on loan);
Tyler, Texas, The Tyler Museum of Art, Celebration of Netherlandish Painting, 17 November 2001.


E. Schavemaker, Eglon van der Neer (1635/36-1703), His Life and Work, Antwerp 2010, p. 464 under cat. nos. 33 and 34, reproduced fig. 33a;
J. Bikker; G.J.M. Weber; M.E. Wieseman; E. Hinterding, Rembrandt, The Late Works, exhibition catalogue, London 2014, p. 112, reproduced fig. 49.

Catalogue Note

Abraham van den Tempel was one of the leading Dutch portrait painters of the third quarter of the 17th century.  Active in Leiden and Amsterdam, his skill at depicting the sumptuous materials and objects worn by his elegant and privileged sitters is perfectly demonstrated in this portrait of the young Jacquemijna Le Pla (born 1647).  She sits on a terrace dressed in luxurious garments – her blue silk gown, flowing yellow scarf, and drop-pearl earrings all reflect the silvery evening light.  A toy spaniel sits on her lap and in a garden landscape beyond can be seen a statue and classical balustrade. The identity of the sitter (already unknown by the time of the 1855 sale, see Provenance) came to light with the discovery of reduced copies by Eglon van der Neer (1635/36-1703) of the present portrait and its (now lost) male pendant (figs. 1 and 2). Those small-scale copies, which are on panel with arched tops, have always been identified as Jaquemina Le Pla and her first husband Justus Ghys (1638-1680), a Leiden merchant and distant cousin of van den Tempel.1  Based on the van der Neer copy, it is evident that van den Tempel’s lost portrait of Ghys was equally elegant, depicting him in silk finery and a lace shirt, set before an impressive classical interior. 

The couple registered their betrothal in Leiden on 7 October 1666, which suggests a date for this picture of the same year, when van den Tempel would have been at the peak of his career.  In 1677, Ghys purchased a house, the Hof van Zessen (Court of Sixes) at number 28B Rapenburg, Leiden.  The couple lived there until Ghys' death in 1680, when the house passed to Jacquemijna.  She married two more times, first to Andries de Visscher (to whom she was betrothed on 9 March 1683) and, after his death, to the preacher David Knibbe, to whom she was married on 17 August 1693).2


1.  Martina Friedrich, formerly of the Wesserenaissance-Museum, Schloss Brake, Lemgo, Germany, first relayed the identification of these sitters in a letter to Dr. Naumann, dated 12 April 12 1998.  Dr. Eddy Schavemaker has since identified these copies as autograph works by Eglon van der Neer and published them, as well as the present picture, in his monograph on van der Neer, see under Literature.
2.  See E. Schavemaker, under Literature.