14 November 2012
Studio of Adriaen Hanneman (The Hague c. 1604-1671)
Portrait of Johan de Witt (1625-1675), Grand Pensionary of Holland, bust-length, in a black costume with a white collar
oil on canvas
74.2 x 60 cm.
(Possibly) commissioned by the sitter for his sister Maria de Witt (1620-1681); and by descent to Marius Cornelis Leendert Lotsy (1845-1910); by descent to his nephew
Dr. Johannes Paulus Lotsy (1867-1931); and by descent to the present owner.
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N. Japikse, 'Johan de Witt', Amsterdam, 1915, ill. opposite title page. O. ter Kuile, 'Adriaen Hanneman, 1604-1671 a portrait painter in The Hague', Alphen aan den Rijn, 1976, p.77, no.17b.
This is a studio version of Hanneman's prototype in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (inv.no. 1280). According to a note, once attached to the back of the painting (see: Nationaal Archief, The Hague, Lotsy Family inv.no. 57), it was a gift by Johan de Witt to his sister Maria and is in family possession ever since.
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