Jacob van Dalen (1570–1644), Called Vallensis

Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt (Netherlandish, Delft 1567–1641 Delft)

Oil on wood
27 1/2 x 23 in. (69.9 x 58.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900
Accession Number:
  • Catalogue Entry


  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed (left): Ætatis.69. / Ao. 1640. / M. Miereveld.

  • Provenance

    the sitter, Jacob van Dalen, Delft (until d. 1644); ?his widow, Margaretha van Clootwijk, Delft (1644–d. 1662); their son, Dr. Theodoor Vallensis, Delft (until d. 1673); his son, Jacob Vallensis (1673–d. 1725); his daughter, Catharina Maria Vallensis (1725–d. 1745); her son, Nicolaes van der Dussen (1745–d. 1770); his son, Jhr. Jacob van der Dussen, Lord of Zouteveen (1770–d. 1839; his estate, 1839–58; posthumous sale, through the dealer A. Praetorius, Amsterdam, February 16, 1858, no. 129 [with pendant], for fl. 40, the pair bought in by Praetorius); J. Oyens, Baarn, The Netherlands (in 1897); Collis P. Huntington, New York (until d. 1900; life interest to his widow, Arabella D. Huntington, later [from 1913] Mrs. Henry E. Huntington, 1900–d. 1924; life interest to their son, Archer Milton Huntington, 1924–terminated in 1925)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dutch Couples: Pair Portraits by Rembrandt and his Contemporaries," January 23–March 5, 1973, no. 7 (with MMA 25.110.12).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.

  • References

    E. W. Moes. Iconographia Batava: Beredeneerde Lijst van Geschilderde en Gebeeldhouwde Portretten van Noord-Nederlanders in Vorige Eeuwen. 1, Amsterdam, 1897, p. 217, no. 1886-2, as in the collection of J. Oyens, Baarn.

    John Michael Montias. Artists and Artisans in Delft: A Socio-Economic Study of the Seventeenth Century. Princeton, 1982, p. 55, fig. 3.

    Walter Liedtke in The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, p. 85, compares it with the Linsky "Portrait of a Man, Possibly a Botanist," by David Bailly (1982.60.29).

    Peter C. Sutton. A Guide to Dutch Art in America. Grand Rapids, Mich., 1986, p. 183.

    Walter Liedtke et al. Vermeer and the Delft School. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2001, pp. 43, 47–48, 55, fig. 45a, states that this portrait and its pendant, or versions of them, were still in the artist's studio when he died in 1641, and that van Miereveld's estate inventory implies that the costumes were painted by the artist's grandson and successor, Jacob Willemsz Delff the Younger.

    Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 476–79, no. 121, colorpl. 121; vol. 2, pp. 573, 608.

    Old Master Paintings and Sculpture. Sotheby's, New York. January 28, 2010, p. 44, under no. 258.

  • Notes

    This work is the pendant to MMA 25.110.12. The sitter was born in Speyer, Germany on November 21, 1570, the son of Theodorus van Dale, a preacher, and Maria van Wassenaer Hanecops. He studied medicine at the University of Leiden from 1589 to 1593, graduating as a doctor. He moved to Delft and soon became the personal physician of the stadholder of The Hague. He was known professionally by the Latinized form of his name, "Vallensis". He died in Delft on February 14, 1644, and was buried there in the Oude Kerk. [see correspondence of August 28, 1997 from R. E. O. Ekkart in the archive file for this picture]

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History