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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jan van der Heyden, Dutch (Gorkum 1637 - 1712 Amsterdam)
Landscape with Farmhouse
Other Titles
Former Title: The Old House
Former Title: Landscape with Cottage
Former Title: A Farmhouse with Gentry by a Tree and Children playing by a Pool, an extensive landscape with a chuch tower beyond
Former Title: A la campagne
Former Title: La Vielle Maison
Former Title: A Country House
Former Title: Bauerngehöft
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on panel
22.2 × 33 cm (8 3/4 × 13 in.)
framed: 34 × 44.4 cm (13 3/8 × 17 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, under red seal, black stenciled ink: 5 [illeg. under seal] 8
  • inscription: lower left: [illegible, possibly signature and date]
  • label: verso, on panel, handwritten: Jan van der Heyden / '"The Old House" / Signed [illegible text], 1668 / The Charles T. Yerkes Collection
  • label: verso, on panel, blue printed border with handwritten text: No 879 / Van der Heyden / La Vieille Maison
  • seal: verso, on panel, red wax: E [illeg.] LEROY
Possibly Sara van der Heyden [1]. I. van Idsinga, sold [through his sale, Jeronimo de Vries, Roos, Amsterdam, November 2, 1840, lot 15], to Haegrd [2]. [Etienne Le Roy, Paris and Brussels]. Charles T. Yerkes, New York, by 1904, sold [through his sale, New York, April 5-8, 1910, lot 172 as "The Old House"]. Eugene Fischoff, Paris, sold [through his sale, Lair-Dubreuil, Budoin, Paris, June 14, 1913, lot 54]; to Drimhof [3]. Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Essen, 1914 [4], by descent; to Baron Harald von Bohlen und Halbach, Essen; to his estate, 1983, sold [through Christie’s, London, December 3, 1997, lot 11]. [5, 6] [Johnny van Haeften, Ltd., London], sold; to Peter and Anne Brooke, Boston, MA, 1998, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2017

[1] According to Hofstede de Groot, possibly identical with no. 7 of the pictures assigned to Sara van der Heyden (daughter of Jan van der Heyden) in the inventory of her widowed mother’s effects, May 18, 1712 (valued at 36 Florins). The corresponding inventory description reads "twe eende gejaagt van deen hond van dito."

[2] From annotated version of the 1840 auction catalogue.

[3] From annotated version of the 1913 auction catalogue.

[4] The Krupp family archives confirmed the purchase date of 1914 with documentation.

[5] The painting was seized by the Allied forces at the conclusion of the war and returned to the family in 1951.

[6] According to the Christie's sale catalogue and the de Groot catalogue raisonné, the painting was sold through an anonymous sale at Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, May 20, 1919, as lot 132. However, the painting was already in the Krupp family collection in 1914 and is incorrectly listed in the Christie's catalogue. Additionally, the Muller lot description's dimensions do match those of this painting.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Peter and Anne Brooke
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Orde en Vorrwaarden den Verkooping., auct. cat., De Vries (Amsterdam, November 2, 1840), p. 5, lot 15

Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of Charles T. Yerkes, Esq., New York, A. W. Elson (Boston, 1904), no. 42, repr.

Catalogue De Luxe of Ancient and Modern Paintings belonging to the Estate of the Late Charles T. Yerkes, auct. cat., American Art Galleries (New York, 1910), no. 42, repr.

The Charles T. Yerkes Collection of Very Valuable Paintings, Ancient Oriental Rugs and Beautiful Old Tapestries, auct. cat., American Art Galleries (New York, April 5-8, 1910), no. 172, "The Old House"

Catalogue de tableaux anciens des écoles anglaise, flamande, française, hollandaise, italienne des XVe, XVIe, XVIIe, XVIIIe et XIXe siècles pastels et miniatures composant la collection de M. Eugène Fischoff, auct. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, June 14, 1913), p. 94, lot 54, repr.

Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century Based on the Work of John Smith, Macmillan and Co. (London, 1927), p. 408, no. 277

Victor Dirksen, Holländische Landshaftsmaleri des 17. Jahrhunderts, exh. cat., Museum Folkwang Essen (Essen, 1938), no. 12, repr. as fig 15

Helga Wagner, Jan van der Heyden, 1637-1712, Scheltema & Holkema (Amsterdam, 1971), p. 107, cat. no. 179, repr.

Peter C. Sutton, Dutch & Flemish Seventeenth-century Paintings: The Harold Samuel Collection, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, U.K., 1992), pp. 92-93, repr. p. 93 as fig. 1

Important Old Master Pictures, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, December 3, 1997), p. 19, lot 11, repr.

Peter C. Sutton and Yale University Press, Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712), exh. cat. (New Haven and London, 2006), p. 55, repr. as fig. 55

Exhibition History

Holländische Landschaftsmaleri des 17. Jahrhunderts, Museum Folkwang Essen, 01/22/1938 - 02/20/1938

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