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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Cornelis Bega, Dutch (Haarlem, Netherlands 1631/32 - 1664 Haarlem, Netherlands)
The Group at the Fireplace
Work Type
17th century
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Physical Descriptions

Etching on cream antique laid paper
plate: 7.5 × 5.9 cm (2 15/16 × 2 5/16 in.)
sheet: 8.2 × 6.9 cm (3 1/4 × 2 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower left, graphite: 23.
  • collector's mark: verso, upper left, gray ink: T. Gawet 839. [Lugt 1070, mark of Franz Gawet]
  • inscription: verso, center, graphite: C 26692
  • inscription: verso, lower center, graphite: MA115H
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: COD [underlined, erased]
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: B / No 23.
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 4
  • collector's mark: verso, upper right, green ink: W. Helicq [paritally illegible, not in Lugt]
  • collector's mark: verso, lower right, purple ink: Dr. v. M. [Lugt 790, mark of Dr. Adolf Edler von Marenzeller]
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, black ink: JPC [P and C monogrammed, encircled] [Lugt 1432, mark of Johann Peter Maria Cerroni]
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, brown ink: [pomegranate] [Lugt 4473, mark of Leonard Baskin]


Recorded Ownership History
W. Helicq [?]. Johann Peter Maria Cerroni (1753-1826), Brunn (Lugt 1432), sold [through his sale, MM. Artaria et Compagnie, Vienna, October 20, 1828, lot 419]. Franz Gawet (c. 1765-1847), Vienna (Lugt 1070), circa 1839. Dr. Adolf Edler von Marenzeller (1820-1907), Vienna (Lugt 790), sold [through his sale, Albert Kende, Vienna, April 15,1905, lot 153]. Leonard Baskin (1922-2000), Lurley and Devon, England, and Leeds, Massachusetts (Lugt 4473). [Artemis Fine Arts, London], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1983, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2020

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Hollstein 23

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gift of George Abrams in honor of Peter van den Brink, Director of the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen
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Publication History

  • Catalogue Détaille de la Précieuse Collection d'Estampes..., auct. cat., MM. Artaria et Compagnie (Vienna, October 20, 1828), p. 31, lot 419
  • Katalog der Sammlung von wertvollen und seltenen Kupferstichen u. Radierungen des XVI. bis XIX. Jahrhunderts: sowie der reichhaltigen Kunst-Bibliothek aus dem Besitze des Herrn Dr. Adolf Edlen von Marenzeller in Wien: darunter eine hervorragende Kollekti, auct. cat., Albert Kende (Vienna, April 25, 1905), p. 14, lot 153

Exhibition History

  • Cornelis Bega: Eleganz und raue Sitten, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum Aachen, Aachen, 03/15/2012 - 06/10/2012; Gemäldegalerie Berlin, 07/01/2012 - 10/02/2012

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