Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Scene in a Courtyard

Ludolf de Jongh (Dutch, Overschie 1616–1679 Hillegersberg)
early 1660s
Oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 32 3/8 in. (67.3 x 82.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of William K. Vanderbilt, 1920
Accession Number:
Not on view
Reverend John Clowes, Manchester and Broughton, Lancashire (by 1842–d. 1846); his nephew, Rev. Samuel Bradshaw (from 1846); Mrs. Samuel Bradshaw; William K. Vanderbilt, New York (until d. 1920)
Hartford, Conn. Wadsworth Atheneum. "Life in Seventeenth Century Holland," November 21, 1950–January 14, 1951, no. 25 (as by Hendrik van der Burgh).

Nashville. Fisk University. "[title not known]," April 20–August 15, 1951, no catalogue.

Atlanta University. "[title not known]," September 1, 1951–January 30, 1952, no catalogue.

New Orleans. Dillard University. "[title not known]," February 1–April 30, 1952, no catalogue.

Hempstead, N. Y. Hofstra College. "Metropolitan Museum Masterpieces," June 26–September 1, 1952, no. 12 (as by Hendrick van den Burch).

New York. American Federation of the Arts. "Little Masters in 17th Century Holland and Flanders (circulating exhibition)," 1954–57, no catalogue.

University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley. "Dutch Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 25, 1969–January 4, 1970, checklist no. 8.

Houston. Rice University. "Dutch Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18–March 1, 1970, checklist no. 8.

St. Petersburg, Fla. Museum of Fine Arts. "Dutch Life in the Golden Century," January 21–March 2, 1975, no. 18.

Atlanta. High Museum of Art. "Dutch Life in the Golden Century," April 4–May 4, 1975, no. 18.

Delft. Prinsenhof. "Delft Masters, Vermeer's Contemporaries," March 1–June 2, 1996, unnumbered cat.

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.

Museum of the City of New York. "Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson," April 4–September 27, 2009, no catalogue.

John Smith. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters. Vol. 9, Supplement. London, 1842, p. 568, no. 16, as by de Hooch, in the collection of the Rev. J. Clowes, Manchester.

Henry Havard. L'Art et les artistes hollandais. Vol. 3, Paris, 1880, p. 101.

C[ornelis]. Hofstede de Groot. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. Ed. Edward G. Hawke. Vol. 1, London, 1907, p. 561, no. 304, as by de Hooch.

"The William K. Vanderbilt Bequest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 15 (December 1920), p. 268, as by de Hooch; suggests a date of about 1670.

Clotilde Brière-Misme. "Tableaux inédits ou peu connus de Pieter de Hooch." Gazette des beaux-arts, 5th ser., 16 (1927), pp. 261–62, ill. p. 260, as by de Hooch.

W. R. Valentiner. "Pieter de Hooch, Part Two." Art in America 15 (February 1927), p. 76, as by de Hooch; dates it to his middle period (1658–68).

Wilhelm R. Valentiner. "Ein unbekanntes Meisterwerk der holländischen Genre-Malerei." Pantheon 3 (1929), p. 114, ill. p. 107, attributes it to Hendrick van der Burch.

Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Pieter de Hooch. New York, [1930], p. 296, ill. p. 252 [German ed., 1929, p. 297, ill. p. 252], as by Van der Burch; dates it about 1655–60.

Franklin W. Robinson. Dutch Life in the Golden Century. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fla. St. Petersburg, Fla., 1975, p. 33, no. 18, ill., as by Ludolf de Jongh.

Peter C. Sutton. Pieter de Hooch. Ithaca, N.Y., 1980, p. 164, as by de Jongh.

Roland E. Fleischer. Ludolf de Jongh (1616–1679): Painter of Rotterdam. Doornspijk, The Netherlands, 1989, pp. 72–73, fig. 86, as by de Jongh; dates it about 1660; compares it with de Jongh's "Hunters Outside an Inn" (Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva) and de Hooch's "A Woman and Maid in a Courtyard" (National Gallery, London).

Frits Scholten. "Review of Fleischer 1989." Oud-Holland 106, no. 1 (1992), p. 52.

Roland E. Fleischer and Stephen Reiss. "Attributions to Ludolf de Jongh: Some Old, Some New." Burlington Magazine 135 (October 1993), p. 677, fig. 15, date it about 1660.

Frits Scholten. "Ludolf de Jongh en de aristocratisering van het genre." Rotterdamse Meesters uit de Gouden Eeuw. Ed. Nora Schadee. Exh. cat., Historisch Museum. Rotterdam, 1994, p. 147, fig. 10.

Daniëlle H. A. C. Lokin in Delft Masters, Vermeer's Contemporaries. Exh. cat., Prinsenhof, Delft. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1996, pp. 115, 117, 224, fig. 103 (color).

Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 378–79, no. 92, colorpl. 92, states that it "may be dated on the basis of comparisons with other works by [De Jongh] to the early 1660s".

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