By 1875 until 1912, Hendrick Adolf Steengracht van Duivenvoorde (b. 1836 - d. 1912), The Hague [see note 1]; June 9, 1913, posthumous Steengracht van Duivenvoorde sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 42, to Goldschmidt, Frankfurt [see note 2]; probably sold by Goldschmidt to the Rothschild family, Frankfurt. George H. Kennedy, London [see note 3]. By 1946, Eugene Slatter Gallery, London [see note 4]; probably sold by Slatter to Bernard Houthakker (b. 1884 - d. 1963), Amsterdam [see note 5]; 1957, sold by Houthakker to the MFA for $10,000. (Accession Date: April 11, 1957) NOTES:  Recorded in the Steengracht van Duivenvoorde collection by Lord Ronald Gower, "A Pocket Guide to the Public and Private Galleries of Holland and Belgium" (London, 1875), p. 60. When and how it entered his collection is not known.  The name of the buyer is annotated in a copy of the auction catalogue. According to 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," trans. Edward G. Hawke, vol. 6 (London: Macmillan, 1916), p. 490, cat. no. 53, the buyer was "Stern-Goldschmidt." The buyer may have been Adolf Stern, who was a partner at J. & S. Goldschmidt, a Frankfurt art gallery.  That the painting was with the Rothschilds and George Kennedy is information provided at the time of the acquisition, and has not been verified. The Goldschmidt firm in Frankfurt is known to have acted as the Rothschilds' agents worldwide.  Included in the exhibition "Paintings of Life and Still-Life by Dutch and Flemish Masters of the Seventeenth Century" (Eugene Slatter Gallery, London, May 22 - July 6, 1946), cat. no. 10.  In a letter to Angelika Rudenstine of the MFA (November 9, 1964), Bernard Houthakker stated that he had acquired the painting in London, probably from a dealer and possibly from Eugene Slatter.
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