Portrait of a Boy

Philips Koninck (Dutch, 1619-1688)
Portrait of a Boy, 1673

Oil on canvas
29 1/2 x 25 3/4 in. (74.9 x 65.4 cm)
Bequest of Herman B Wells, 2001.45


unknown dates, Private Collection, Cologne, Germany

ca. 1942, Pijnakker collection [?], The Netherlands

ca. 1942–1943, Esher Surrey Art Gallery, The Hague (consigned by Pijnakker?)

January 25, 1943, Sale, "Beklangrijke Veiling van kostbare oude schilderijen," Van Marle en Bignell auction house, The Hague, Netherlands (cat. no. 43). (Van Marle en Bignell and Esher Surrey Art Gallery were business partners). Sold to the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne.

1943–1950, Collection of Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne (inventory no. 2685)

November 1950, Restituted to the Dutch government (by way of Baden-Baden transport point). (According to the Restitution Law at the time, all works purchased by the museum during the war in occupied countries were to be returned to their country of origin).

1950–1952, Under the care of the Dutch government

March 11, 1952, Sale, "Tableaux, antiquités, objets d'art," Frederik Muller & Co. Auction House, Amsterdam (cat. no. 702; sold for 2300 francs[?])

ca. 1960–1966, Newhouse Gallery, New York

1966, Purchased by Herman B Wells from the Newhouse Gallery

1966–2001, Collection of Herman B Wells, Bloomington, Indiana

2001, Bequest of Herman B Wells to IU Art Museum, Bloomington


October 6–December 12, 2001, “Living with Art: The Legacy of Herman B Wells Exhibition,” IU Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana

Alternate Titles

Portret van een jongen in zwartfluweel, in zijn rechterhand houdt hij een wandelstok

Previous Attributions

Albert Cuyp


Provenance research on this work is ongoing, and this record will be updated as more information becomes available.