10 November 1999
Alexander Willem Maurits Ver Huell (1822-1897)
Elegant Company at a Reception
signed with initials 'AvH'
pen and brown ink, grey wash, pencil framing lines
231 x 465 mm.
with M. Israel, Amsterdam, 1960
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Leeuwarden, 1966, no. 100
Bonn/Saarbrcken/Bochum, 1968/9, no. 141 (wrongly numbered 140 in the catalogue)
The amateur artist Ver Huell studied in Leiden, worked in Arnhem as from 1850 onwards, and is well known for recollections of his student life entitled Laatste Schetsen which included many comparable scenes
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