Pieter de Hooch
Woman with Children in an Interior
oil on canvas
67.6 x 53.6 cm (26-5/8 x 21-7/8 in)
Pieter van Winter [1745-1807], Amsterdam; by inheritance to his younger daughter Anna Louisa Agatha van Loon-van Winter (1793-1877), Amsterdam; sold by her children with the entire Van Loon collection by Alphonse, Gustave, Edmond, Lionel and Ferdinand de Rothschild; Gustave de Rothschild [1829-1911].  Ronald Brakespeare, Henley-on-Thames, Oxford. (Sale, Robinson and Fisher, London, 30 July 1914, no. 99);  (Owen Grant, London) buying for (P. & D. Colnaghi, London); on joint account with (Thomas Agnew & Sons, London), (Arthur J. Sulley and Co., London), (Lippman), and (Durlacher Brothers) until (P. & D. Colnaghi) bought out all other shares and the painting went into joint account with (M. Knoedler & Co., London and New York) in 1916;  sold 1917 to William Moline Butterworth [d. 1936]; by inheritance to his wife, née Katherine Deere [d. 1954]; (her sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 20 October 1954, no. 29). (Frederick Mont, Inc., New York); sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 8 February 1955; gift to Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1961, no. 61.44.37.  Great Dutch Paintings from America, Mauritshuis, The Hague and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Exh. cat., 1990, no.36.  According newspaper accounts of the sale 30 July 1914, the story circulating at the time was that the painting had been in the seller's family for somewhere between 70 and 100 years. However, If this is the Loon/Rothschild painting, then it could not have been in England much more than 30 years.  Colnaghi's stock no. A 480; Agnew's joint stock no. J 1722;, Knoedler's London stock no. 6020, New York no. 13764.