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Jan Steen
Soo de Ouden Songen, Soo Pijpen de Jongen (As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young)

c. 1668
oil on panel
44.1 x 60.6 cm (17-3/8 x 23-7/8 in)
(Possibly Adriaen Swalmius sale, Rotterdam, 15 May 1747). (Possibly van Leer sale, Amsterdam, 19 May 1767). [1] Chevalier Francottay; (his sale, Paris, 20 February 1816, no. 24). Chevalier Sébastien Érard [1752-1831], Château de la Muette by 1828. (John Smith [1781-1855], London); Baron Johan Gijsbert Verstolk van Soelen [1776-1845], The Hague, by 1833. [2] (Henri Héris [b. 1790] Brussels); (his sale, Paris, 26 May 1841). Samuel Jones Loyd Overstone, [d. 1883], 1st Baron, London; [3] by inheritance to Robert James Loyd-Lindsay Wantage [d. 1901], 1st Baron, who married Harriet Sarah, Lord Overstone's daughter and inherited Overstone's estates through her; by inheritance by Lady Harriet Sarah Loyd-Lindsay Wantage [d. 1920]; by inheritance to David Alexander Edward Lindsay Crawford [d. 1940], 27th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, Haigh Hall, Lancashire. (D. Katz, Dieren) by 1933. Mr. and Mrs. David Birnbaum- ten Cate [later David Bingham, 1891-1956], New York, by 1942; [4] sold 1957 to (Schaeffer Galleries, New York); [5] sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 16 February 1957; gift to the Allentown Art Museum in 1961, no. 1961.60. [1] Karel Braun, Jan Steen, Rotterdam, 1980, no. 153. [2] Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek (1933) vol IX, pp.1204-5. [3] It was originally thought that Overstone bought this picture from Verstolk van Soelen estate directly. However, it appears in a 1841 Paris sale of Héris, a dealer from Brussels who was selling for the Verstolk van Soelen estate. [4] List of Birnbaum's collection included with a letter dated 7 August 1942 from Rombout van Riemsdijk of the Netherlands information Bureau to Daniel Catton Rich of the Art Institute of Chicago (Art Institute of Chicago Archives, Daniel C. Rich, Director of Fine Arts 1938-1958, Exhibition Records, Great Dutch Masters Exhibition, RG 505-Box 0063). Birnbaum lent to Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century, M. Knoedler & Company, New York, 1945, no. 16 as "The Hurdy-Gurdy" player. Birnbaum changed his name to Bingham in 1946. [5] Shaeffer bought the Steen and the de Keyser Mother and Child together from Mrs. Bingham in February 1957. Schaeffer Galleries Records, Box 2 Client Files, Getty Research Institute.
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