A Girl Sewing

oil on panel
16 x 12-1/2 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph E. Cain
Accession number
Not Currently On View
Sir John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick [1770-1859], 1838. Reverend M. Collins, London.{1}. Marquise d'Aoust, Paris, by 1911 {2}; possibly sold at (Gallerie Georges Petit, Paris), 1924.{3}(Kleinberger Galleries, New York), probably by 1939;{4} acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Cain, Indianapolis, after 1952;{5} gift of Mrs. Joseph E. Cain to Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1978.{6}

{1}This early provenance is given in F. Kleinberger Galleries, New York, Exhibition of Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century, 1952. The Kleinberger gallery catalogue mentions that the painting was once in the collection of Baron Northwick and Reverend M. Collins but this has not been verified. The painting is possibly in Christie, Manson & Woods, London, A Catalogue of the Magnificent and Celebrated Gallery of Pictures, by Great Italian, Spanish, French and Dutch Masters of the Right Honourable Lord Northwick, 24-26 May 1838. The article by Oliver Bradbury and Nicholas Penny, "The Picture Collecting of Lord Northwick," Burlington Magazine 144, Nos. 1193 and 1195, 2002, pp. 485-496, 606-617, does not, however, mention this painting.{2} Jeu de Paume, Paris, Exposition rétrospective des grands et des petits maîtres hollandais du XViie siècle, 28 April to 10 July 1911, no. 84, with d'Aoust as owner.
{3} The sale catalogue for Gallerie Georges Petit, Paris, Tableaux anciens et moderne par H. Van Balen, C. Bega...[ many Dutch painters including N. Maes], 5 June 1924, no. 89 gives Marquise d'Aoust as the only consignor.{4}In handwritten note dated 1 July 1939, W.R. Valentiner, an expert presumably consulted by the gallery, offers the name of Pieter van den Bosch as a possible author of the painting. See IMA historical files (79.347). {5}The painting was still in the possession of the Kleinberger Galleries in 1952, see footnote 1.{6} Temporary Receipt No. 2582.
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