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Portrait of a Gentleman, Aged 37; And Portrait of a Lady, Aged 36 by FRANS HALS

FRANS HALS the Elder

(DUTCH, 1580 - 1666)

Portrait of a Gentleman, Aged 37; And Portrait of a Lady, Aged 36 , 1637

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Materials:

oil on canvas

Measurements:

36.61 in. (93.00 cm.) (height) by 26.97 in. (68.50 cm.) (width)

Description:

Pair

Markings:

(2)the first inscribed and dated 'ÆTAT· SVÆ 37, / ANo 1637, ' (u.r.); the second inscribed and dated 'ÆTAT· SVÆ 36· / ANo·1637·' (u.l.)

Exhibited:

Montreal, Art Association of Montreal, Inaugural Loan Exhibition of Paintings, December 1912, nos. 66 and 67. Montreal, Art Association of Montreal, A Selection from the Collection of Paintings of the Late Sir William van Home, K.C. M.G., 16 October-5 November 1933, nos. 30 and 31. Montreal, Art Association of Montreal, Loan Exhibition of Great Paintings: Five Centuries of Dutch Art, 9 March-9 April 1944, nos. 34 and 35. Amsterdam, The Rijksmuseum, on loan, 1973-1979. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University, The Fogg Art Museum, on loan, 1979-1986. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, on loan, 1991-1996. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, European Paintings from Private Collections of Friends of the Museum of Fine Arts, 17 June-16 August 1992, nos. 72 and 73.

Literature:

C. Hofstede de Groot, ‘Twee nieuw aan het licht gekomen portretten van “Frans Hals”‘, Onze Kunst, XX, 1911, pp. 172-3 (reprinted in French as ‘Deux portraits nouvellement attribués à Frans Hals', in L’Art flamand & hollandaise: Revue mensuelle illustrée, XVII, 1912, pp. 1-2, illustrated). ‘À propose de deux portraits attribués à Frans Hals,’ L’Art flamand & hollandais: Revue mensuelle illustrée, XX, 1913, p. 120. W. von Bode, ed., Frans Hals: sein Leben und seine Werke, Berlin, 1914, II, no. 162, illustrated. W.R. Valentiner, Frans Hals: Des Meisters Gemälde (Klassiker der Kunst), Stuttgart and Berlin, 1st ed., 1921, p. 316, nos. 155 and 156, illustrated; 2nd ed., 1923, nos. 166 and 167. W. Drost, Barockmalerei in den germanischen Ländern, Potsdam, 1926, pp. 139-40. F. Dülberg, Frans Hals: Ein Leben und ein Werk, Stuttgart, 1930, p. 158. W.R. Valentiner, Frans Hals Paintings in America, Westport, 1936, nos. 60 and 61. G.D. Gratama, Frans Hals, The Hague, 1943, p. 56, nos. 68 and 69, illustrated. R.H. Hubbard, European Paintings in Canadian Collections: Earlier Schools, Toronto, 1956, pp. 81 and 151, illustrated. S. Slive, Frans Hals, London and New York, 1974, II, pls. 178 and 179; III, p. 60, nos. 109 and 110, illustrated. C. Grimm, Frans Hals: Entwicklung, Werkanalyse, Gesamtkatalog, Berlin, 1972, pp. 97 and 203, nos. 86 and 87. C. Grimm, L’opera completa di Frans Hals, Milan, 1974, pp. 99-100, nos. 118 and 119, illustrated. S. Slive, ‘Side by Side at the Fogg’, The Harvard Gazette, 29 February 1980, p. 3, illustrated. C. Grimm, Frans Hals: Das Gesamtwerk, Stuttgart and Zurich, 1989, pp. 139-40, 143 and 278, nos. 87 and 88, pls. 39a and 39b. C. Grimm, Frans Hals: The Complete Work, New York, 1990, p. 282, nos. 87 and 88, illustrated.

Provenance:

Comte de Thiènnes, Kasteel Rumbeke, Belgium, by whom acquired in the 19th century, and by descent to his granddaughter, Comtesse de Limburg-Stirum, Warmond, The Netherlands. M.E. van Gelder, Château Zeecrabbe, Uccle, Belgium, by 1911. Sir William van Horne (1843-1915), Montreal, by 1912, and by descent to his daughter, Miss Adaline van Horne, by 1936, by whom gifted to her niece by marriage, Mrs William van Horne, 14 June 1944 (according to a manuscript annotation in the copy of the 1944 exhibition catalogue kept at the Art Association of Montreal). with Wildenstein and Co., New York, from whom acquired in March 1973 by the following, Ambassador J. William Middendorf II (b. 1924). Anonymous sale [Property of an American Collector]; Sotheby’s, London, 8 December 1986, lots 52 and 53. with Noortman (Maastricht), 15 July 1998, from whom acquired. Anonymous sale [Property of a European Private Collector]; Sotheby’s, New York, 29 January 2009, lots 45 and 46 (withdrawn).

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