Astronomer by Candlelight, c. 1665, oil on panel, arched top, 32 x 21.2 (12 5/8 x 8 3/8), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

 

Provenance

Probably in Adriaen van Hoek sale, Amsterdam, 7 April 1706 (no. 2) (f505). Willem Six sale, Amsterdam, 12 May 1734 (no. 18) (f905). Wilhelm VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel. Possibly Lapeyrière sale, Paris, 14 April 1817 (no. 19) (FF7100, to Paillet). (Joseph Barchard sale, Christie's, London, 6 May 1826 [no. 12] [300 gns, to John Smith]); (John Smith, London); William Beckford, London; by exchange to Hume, London. R. H. Fitzgibbon, second earl of Clare, London, by 1839; Earl of Clare sale, London, 17 June 1864 (no. 38) (670 gns). (William Delafield sale, Christie's, London, 30 April 1870 [no. 79] [798 gns to M. Colnaghi for Albert Levy]); (A. Levy sale, Christie's, London, 6 April 1876 [no. 329] [680 gns to Piercer]). Barkley Field, London, by 1888. The Lords Astor of Hever, after 1907; (sale, Sotheby's, London, 6 July 1983 [no. 80] [Johnny van Haeften]); Gerald Guterman, New York; purchased by the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.

Bibliography

J. Smith 1829, no. 96; J. Smith 1842, no. 15; Martin 1901, nos. 52 and 314; Hofstede de Groot 1907, nos. 63c and 210; Baer 1990, no. 109.

Exhibitions

British Gallery 1839, no. 30 (cat. untraced); Royal Academy, London, 1873, no. 76 (cat. untraced); Royal Academy, London, 1888, no. 84 (cat. untraced); Philadelphia, Berlin, and London 1984, no. 35.

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