Interior of a Church with Figures

Emanuel de Witte (Dutch, 1617–1692)
Interior of a Church with Figures, 1652

Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 15 in. (46 x 38 cm)
Signed and dated upper center in black: E. De Witte Anno. 1652
Gift of the Friends of Art, 84.21


?–1863, Beriah Botfield imported this work from Holland, and placed it in Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, England.

1863-1911, inherited by Botfield’s widow, Mrs. (Botfield) Seymour of Norton Hall.

1911-1918, Norton Hall and its contents were inherited by Lord Alexander Thynne.

1918-1944, Norton Hall and its contents were inherited by Henry Frederick Thynne, known as the 6th Marquess of Bath and Viscount Weymouth.

October 4, 1944, Sale, Sotheby’s, London (no.150). Purchased by W.E. Duits, London.

1944-1945, Duits Ltd., London.

1945, Daan Cevat Collection, London, purchased from Duits

ca. 1955, Collection of J.E. Rydemark, London

?-1984, Noortman and Brod, New York.

1984, IUAM purchase from Noortman and Brod


May 1945, exhibited at The Milton Galleries, London, no.24

June 15–September 2, 2007, "Architecture Real and Imagined," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington

Catalogue Raisonné

Manke, Ilse. Emanuel de Witte 1617—1692. Amsterdam : Menno Hertzberger & Co. 1963. Cat. No. 158.

Alternate Titles

Interior of a Catholic Church in Holland (1848)

Interior of a Church in Holland (1944)

Katholische gotische Kirche (1963)


Since this painting remained in England from the 1860s until the 1950s, its Nazi-era provenance is unproblematic. Provenance research is ongoing, and this record will be updated as more information becomes available.