Gerard Dou (Leiden 1613-1675)
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Gerard Dou (Leiden 1613-1675)

Portrait of Dirck van Beresteyn (1627-1653), three-quarter-length, in a velvet-lined black mantle and yellow gloves, holding a black hat with a feather

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Gerard Dou (Leiden 1613-1675)
Portrait of Dirck van Beresteyn (1627-1653), three-quarter-length, in a velvet-lined black mantle and yellow gloves, holding a black hat with a feather
signed 'G Dou' (GD linked, upper right), bears inscription 'G.Dou.fecit./Dirck Van/Berestein Corniz/Geboren/1627/overleden 16..' (on the reverse)
oil on silvered copper
4 x 3¼ in. (10 x 8 cm.)
Provenance
with O. & W. Barendracht, from whom acquired in 1854, for 200 florins, by
H. de Kat, Dordrecht; (+) sale, Lamme and Petit, Paris, 2ff. May 1866, lot 24 (sold 170 francs).
Mrs. U.M. Kneppelhout-Van Braam, Egbert de Langen & Count Bottaro Costa; sale, Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, 16 December 1919, 'Il est vu de trois quarts à droite regardent le spectateur. Sa figure aux traits réguliers est encadrée de cheveux blonds, qui tombent en larges boucles sur les épaules de son costume noir. Dans sa main gauche il tient son chapeau. Fond bleu-vert' (to E.A. van Beresteyn).
E.A. van Beresteyn, The Hague.
Literature
W. Martin, Het Leven en de werken van Gerrit Dou, 1901, p. 204, no. 139.
C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné, etc., I, London, 1908, p. 440, no. 293.
E.A. van Beresteyn, Genealogie van het geslacht van Beresteyn, II, 1941, pp. 72-3.
Exhibited
The Hague, Gemeentesmuseum, Oude Kunst uit Haagse bezit, 1936-7, no. 63.
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Lot Essay

The sitter was the son of Cornelis van Beresteyn and Corina Hofdijck; born in Delft on 19 June 1627, he studied at Leiden University, becoming a lawyer at the court of Holland. He married his niece, Magdalena van Adrichem, on 20 November 1652, but died a few months later on 23 September 1653.

We are grateful to Professor Peter Hecht for confirming the attribution, having examined the painting in the original. He compares the features of the sitter to those of the Violinplayer, formerly in the Dutch Renaissance Art Collection, Amsterdam (see P. Hecht, De Hollandsche Fijnschilders, Amsterdam, 1989, no. 6, illustrated). He suggests a date for the picture of circa 1650 on the basis of its stylistic resemblance to the Young Mother of 1658 (The Hague, Mauritshuis; P. Hecht, ibid., no. 7). Furthermore, he notes that the stained glass window in the latter picture depicts the coat-of-arms of the Adrichem family, into which the present sitter married through his wife.
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