Lower left: JAN VAN BEERS
Before World War II, Wertheim family, Palais Wertheim, Vienna (original commission) [see note 1]. July 4, 1978, anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 76. 1978, with Galerie Lesieutre, Paris; July 26, 1978, sold by Galerie Lesieutre to Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, London; 1979, sold by Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 16, 1979) NOTES:  In a letter of April 1986 in the MFA curatorial file, a German citizen claimed that his great-uncle, Franz von Wertheim, Jr. (b. 1865) of Vienna was the sitter for this portrait, and that it had been housed in the Palais Wertheim, his family's home in Vienna, before World War II. Although branches of the Wertheim family in Germany suffered great losses during World War II, the MFA received no indication from this correspondent that he believed this painting was seized or improperly sold during the war.
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