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Lot #440
Sold For$280,000.00(hammer price)
 $330,400.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedNovember 23, 2013


Dutch, 1600/03-1662

A seated gentleman, possible a self portrait. Signed mid-right Atatis 59. 1653 Jan Verspronck".
Paper label affixed to reverse of frame features a crest and reads "Marie-Thérèse Ctesse de la Béraudière". "Museum RISD 470.38" on printed label affixed to reverse of frame at upper left.
Van den Benden, Brussels.
Countess de la Beraudiere, Paris.
Sale of Countess de la Beraudiere's property, Anderson Galleries, New York, 1930, Lot #306. Illustrated in catalog, p. 169.
Private Collection, Providence, Rhode Island and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
By Descent in the current family.
Exhibited: "Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century", the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, November 1938-January 1939.
Published: Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century
by Wolfgang Stechow, published by Rhode Island Museum Press, 1938.
Oil on panel, 35" x 28". Framed."


UV light reveals minor restoration to the sitter's forehead and collar. One area of modest retouch to mid-right hand edge. Appears to have been cleaned and re-varnished in the 20th Century.

Additional Info

Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck (between 1600 and 1603 - June 30, 1662 (buried)) was a gifted Dutch Golden Age portraitist.

Verspronck was born and died in Haarlem. He was the son of the painter Cornelis Engelsz from Gouda, who taught him to paint portraits.[1] In 1632 he became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke and started a successful career as a portraitist of mostly Catholic sitters in Haarlem.[2] He may have been a Frans Hals pupil, and was strongly influenced by him, especially in his natural expressions and relaxed poses. He is best known for his exactness in painting details such as jewelry and lace, which made him quite popular with female sitters. Most notably, he won a lucrative commission in 1642 for a group portrait of the regentesses of the Heilige Geesthuis, at the time one of the wealthiest charity institutions in Haarlem, situated on the Krocht. This was won at the expense of Frans Hals himself, who had painted the regents of the St. Elisabeth Gasthuis in 1641 and fully expected to win the commission for the women.[3] Twenty years later Verspronck even painted the regentesses of the St. Elisabeth Gasthuis. (Source: Wikipedia)

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