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ID number:  BIRBI-40.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Flinck, Govert (1615-1660)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of a boy
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Amsterdam
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1640
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  129.6 x 102.8cm; 152 x 125 x 9.5cm
Provenance:  Sir Francis Seymour Haden; Charles Sydenham Haden; Christie's, 12 April 1940 (lot 60) for £609 by Agnew; Purchased from Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., in 1940 for £1,100.

This engaging portrait possibly shows David Leeuw who would have been about eight years old in 1640. He was related to the artist and was the son of a wealthy businessman and art collector. The full-length pose and the boy’s fashionable dress indicate that he is the heir to wealth and position.

Flinck was a pupil of Rembrandt in the mid-1630s. The landscape, with its low horizon, brooding sky, and dominant brown colours, recalls those of his master.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed and dated l.r.: G. Flinck. f 1640

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Dutch painting of the seventeenth century', Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, UK, June 1961, no. 26; 'Govert Flinck', St√§dtisches Museum Haus Koekkoek, Kleve, Germany, 04 July 1965 - 26 September 1965, no. 43; 'The Rembrandt Tercentenary', Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1969, 21 October 1969 - 07 December 1969, no.62; 'The Rembrant Tercentenary', Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 29 December 1969 - 01 February 1970; 'The Rembrandt Tercentenary', The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, USA, 24 February 1970 - 05 May 1970; 'Art in Seventeenth Century Holland', National Gallery, London, UK, 30 September 1976 - 12 Decemeber 1976, no. 42

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Flinck, Govert

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Govaert Flinck 1615 - 1660

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