Barbara van Houten was taught by her aunt, Sientje Mesdag- van Houten (see the following lot) and her uncle, H.W. Mesdag, in The Haugue.
Barbara's father Samuel, who is among the figures portrayed in an album in this lot, was a lawyer and later member of Parliament in The Hague. He built a house in the Riouwstraat where the family moved in in the fall of 1886, and where Barbara looked after her father until his death in 1930. In the following year she moved to an appartment in the Panorama Mesdag building in The Hague.
(5) This drawing may be compared to the artist's etching (G. Knuttel, Barbara van Houten, Amsterdam, 1948, fig. 56)
See illustrations on pp. and