Cornelis Kruseman (Amsterdam 1797 - Lisse 1857)

The Artist Nicolaas Pieneman Standing at a Table

Pencil on paper from a ledger book, with framing lines in pencil.
Inscribed Se ipse. and C. Kruseman. on the backing sheet.
Further inscribed port N. Pieneman on the verso.
308 x 192 mm. (12 1/8 x 7 5/8 in.)

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Although the present sheet was published by van Hall as a self-portrait by Kruseman, following the Latin inscription on the backing sheet, another inscription on the verso of the drawing describes it as a portrait of the artist Nicolaas Pieneman (1809-1860). Born into a well-known family of portrait painters, Pieneman was a Dutch artist, printmaker, sculptor and art collector. A self-portrait by Pieneman is in the Boijmans-Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.

The present sheet once belonged to the wine merchant, historian and collector Dirk Christiaan Meijer, Jr. (1839-1908), a co-founder of the Genootschap Amstelodamum (Amsterdam Historical Society) and the treasurer of the Koninklijk Oudheidkundig Genootschap (Royal Antiquarian Society). Both Meijer’s studies and his collection were both devoted to the history and topography of the city of Amsterdam, as well as its famous citizens, and he published several scholarly articles in the magazine Oud Holland. Meijer began his very extensive and varied collection of ‘Amsterdamiana’ at the age of fifteen, and it came to comprise thousands of drawings, prints, medals, portraits, manuscripts and so forth.

Provenance:
Dirk Christiaan Meijer, Jr., Amsterdam (Lugt 1811)
Probably his sale (‘Catalogus van den hoogstbelangrijken Atlas van Amsterdam, in teekening en prent: Topographie – Geschiedenis – Portetten. Eerste gedeelte der verzamelingen D. C. Meijer Jr.’), Amsterdam, R. W. P. de Vries, 17-22 March 1910, as lot 1484?
Iohan Quirijn van Regteren Altena, Amsterdam (his posthumous sale stamp [Lugt 4617] stamped on the verso)
Thence by descent.

Literature:
H. van Hall, Portretten van Nederlandse beeldende kunstenaars: Portraits of Dutch painters and other artists of the Low Countries. Specimen of an Iconography, Amsterdam, 1963, p.175, Kruseman no.5 (as a self-portrait by Kruseman).

Cornelis KRUSEMAN

The Artist Nicolaas Pieneman Standing at a Table

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