Early 19th Century Flemish School
Portrait of Daniel Gerrit des Tombe
Inscribed and dated Ao 1800. / Daniel Gerrit des Tombe Geboren den 5 October 1787 / Zoon van Arnoldus des Tombe en vrouwe Henrietta / [crossed out] Anna de Bont. / Geportretteerd door den Heere Jacob. / Primus van het schilder Collegie / te Brussel. on a label pasted onto the backing board.
174 x 141 mm. (6 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.) [image]
204 x 168 mm. (8 x 6 5/8 in.) [sheet]
‘In the year 1800
Daniel Gerrit des Tombe born on 5 October 1787
Son of Arnoldus des Tombe and lady Henrietta Anna de Bont.
Portrayed by mister Jacob.
First [pupil] of the Painters Academy in Brussels.’
The draughtsman ‘Heere Jacob’ may be tentatively identified as the Flemish artist Pierre François Jacobs (1780-1808), very little of whose work survives today. Born in Brussels, Jacobs was a pupil of André Corneille Lens at the Academy there. He won several prizes for drawing and painting in Brussels and Ghent, and after completing his studies settled in Italy. Jacobs developed a reputation as a painter of historical and religious subjects, mostly in a Neoclassical vein, as well as portraits. In 1806 won a prize at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. His promising career was cut short by his death in Rome at the age of twenty-eight, shortly after winning the grand prize at the Accademia in Milan with a painting of The Head of Pompey Presented to Caesar.