Rembrandt van Rijn - A Lady and Gentleman in Black, 1633

Rembrandt van Rijn (Leyden, 1606 - 1669, Amsterdam)

A Lady and Gentleman in Black, 1633

Oil on canvas, 131.6 x 109 cm (51 13/16 x 42 15/16 in.)


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Stolen in 1990.


Inherited by Henry Philip Hope (1774-1839) from Henry W. Hope, his legal guardian, but possibly under the care of his eldest brother, Thomas Hope (1769-1831), in the gallery at his Duchess Street street house, London in 1819/20.
Inherited by Henry Thomas Hope (1808-1862), son of Thomas, possibly from his uncle, Henry Philip Hope. Transferred the Duchess Street collection to The Deepdene, near Dorking, Surrey in 1849.
Inherited by the widow of Henry Thomas Hope, Adèle Bichat Hope (d.1887).
Inherited by Henry Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope (d.1941), grandson of Adèle Bichat Hope and 8th Duke of Newcastle, in 1884.
Purchased by the dealers Asher Wertheimer and Colnaghi & Co. from Henry Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope in 1898.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from Colnaghi & Co. through Bernard Berenson, for £13,000 in September 1898.
Stolen in 1990.


Signed and dated (lower left): Rembrandt.ft: 1633 


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Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 14. (as "Portrait of a Burgomaster and his Wife")
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