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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jozef Israëls, Dutch (Groningen, The Netherlands 1824 - 1911 The Hague, The Netherlands)
Children of the Sea
Other Titles
Former Title: Children Playing in the Water at Scheveningen
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and touches of gouache, charcoal, and graphite on cream wove paper
26 x 42.5 cm (10 1/4 x 16 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l., black watercolor: Jozef Israels
  • inscription: verso, center, blue pencil: 2690
  • inscription: verso, center [under "2690"], graphite: C 5768-2
  • inscription: verso, l.r. corner, blue-purple ink: M.F. Bartlett / 227 Commwth Ave
  • inscription: verso, center, graphite: 1934.201 [Fogg accession number]
  • label: Formerly back of frame (now in file), printed and inscribed in red ink and graphite: No. [graphite] G 6323 / Doll & Richards, / Fine Art Dealers, / 2 Park Street, Boston.
  • label: Formerly back of frame (now in file), tan label (discolored?), printed: MFB [decorative monogram; stands for "Mary F. Bartlett" or "Mary and Fannie Bartlett"] / 227 Commonwealth Avenue
  • label: Formerly back of frame (now in file), tan label (discolored) with black decorative border, partly torn off, in handwriting Bartlett sisters, brown ink: For the / Boston Museum of Fine Arts / from / Mary F & Fannie Bartlett / Children playing in the water / at Scheveningen / Joseph Israels
    [Four other works in our collection (from the Bartletts) have the same black bordered decorative label with inscription in the same handwriting: Blommers (1934.204), Mauve (1934.198), Mesdag (1934.203), and Weissenbruch (1934.197). The label is probably related to an exhibition at the MFA in 1895.]
[Doll & Richards, Boston]. Mary F. and Fannie Bartlett, Boston, by 1895, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1934
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Mary F. and Fannie Bartlett Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Exhibition History

New Acquisitions, Print Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 05/21/1895 - 11/01/1895

Dutch Water Colors of the 19th Century, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/19/1935 - 03/31/1935

Unidentified Exhibition, Wilcox House, 1958, Wilcox House, York, 08/01/1958 - 08/31/1958

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