Johannes Verspronck (Dutch, Haarlem, born ca. 1601–3, died 1662 Haarlem)
Oil on canvas
31 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (79.4 x 64.1 cm)
Bequest of Susan P. Colgate, in memory of her husband, Romulus R. Colgate, 1936
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 637
After Frans Hals, Verspronck was the most accomplished portraitist in Haarlem from the 1630s until his death. He invariably drew a preliminary sketch of the sitter's head and collar on the primed support, and then carefully followed his underdrawing when applying layers of paint. This method, and Verspronck's use of a few standard compositional patterns, contrasts with Hals's much more direct approach.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): J VSpronc[k] [VS in monogram] a[n]no 1645.·.
?sale, Le Brun, Paris, April 14, 1784, no. 92, ?bought in; Wilhelm Funk, New York (in 1909); [French, New York]; Susan P. Colgate, Sharon, Conn. (by 1934–d. 1936)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Hudson-Fulton Celebration," September–November 1909, no. 140 (lent by Wilhelm Funk, New York).
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.
Haarlem. Frans Halsmuseum. "Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck: Leven en werken van een Haarlems portretschilder uit de 17-de eeuw," September 15–November 25, 1979, no. 60.
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.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner. The Hudson-Fulton Celebration: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1909, vol. 1, p. 141, no. 140, ill. opp. p. 141, reproduces a photograph with the sitter's right hand and much of the costume overpainted.
L[ouise]. G. B[urroughs]. "A Portrait of a Man by Johannes Verspronck." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 32 (March 1937), p. 75, ill.
Rudolf E. O. Ekkart. Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck: Leven en werken van een Haarlems portretschilder uit de 17-de eeuw. Exh. cat., Frans Halsmuseum. Haarlem, 1979, pp. 48, 101, no. 60, ill. p. 174, reproduces it after cleaning of 1954; suggests that it may be identified with a picture of this size and description in a Le Brun sale in Paris, April 14, 1784.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 908–9, no. 208, colorpl. 208.