A Family Group, between 1634 and 1635

  • Anton van Dyck, Flemish, 1599-1641

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 44 1/2 × 63 1/2 inches (113 × 161.3 cm)
  • 55 3/8 × 74 7/8 × 3 1/2 inches (140.7 × 190.2 × 8.9 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund


On View

  • British Decorative Arts S333


European Painting

Inscribed, upper left: Family of Oliver St. John | Earl of Bolingbroke [added later; now thought to be a portrait group of a Flemish family] Inscribed, upper right: Vandyke/pinxit [added later]

the Honourable Anne Poulett [1711-1785], grand nephew of Elizabeth, Countess of Bolinbroke (England)

by descent to his nephew, John Parker, Lord Boringdon

until ca. 1875, by descent to the Earls of Morley [John Parker's eldest son was created the first Earl of Morley in 1815] (Saltram House, Plympton, England)

ca.1875, sold by (Asher Wertheimer, London, England)

purchased by Baron Alfred Rothschild (Vienna, Austria)

1931, by descent to Baron Louis Rothschild (Vienna, Austria)

by 1951, (Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York, New York, USA)

1951-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Catalog of the Pictures, Casts and Busts belonging to the Earl of Morley at Saltram. Plymouth, 1819, p. 22, no. 96. Smith, J. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters, vol. 3. London, 1831, no. 691. [as "Portrait of Oliver St. John, Earl of Bolingbroke, with Countess and four Daughters."] Works of Sir D. Wilkie, R.A. together with Pictures of Ancient Masters. Exh. cat., British Institution. London, 1842, no. 153. Catalogue of the Pictures, Casts and Busts belonging to the Earl of Morley at Saltram. London, 1848, p. 24, no. 97. Special Exhibition of National Portraits. Exh. cat., South Kensington Museum. London, 1866, p. 134, no. 732. Cust, L. Anthony van Dyck. London, 1900, p. 270, no. 30. Eigenberger, R. Katalog, die Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Wien. 1927, p. 186, cited under no. 759. [as by Adriaen Hanneman.] Baldass, L. "Drei Jahrhunderte Flamische Malerei." Pantheon 5 (March 1930): pp. 135-136. Drei Jahrhunderte Vlämisher Kunst. Exh. cat., Vienna Secession. Vienna, 1930, no. 94, pl. 100. Glück, G. "Drei Jahrhunderte Vlämischer Kunst II." Belvedere 15, no. 5 (1930): p. 171, pl. 100. Glück, G. Van Dyck/des Meisters Gemälde, (KdK XIII). Stuttgart and Berlin, 1931, pp. 503, 576. [Glück was unaware that the Saltram picture was the same as the Rothschild picture and cited the two separately.] Richardson, E.P. "A Family Group by Van Dyck." Art Quarterly 16, no. 3 (1953): pp. 228-234. Richardson, E.P. "A Family Group by Van Dyck." Bulletin of the DIA 33, no. 1 (1953-54): pp. 6-8 (ill.). Comstock, H. "The Connoisseur in America: New Study of a Van Dyck Family Group." Connoisseur 134 (September 1954) p. 71. Gerson, H., and E.H. Ter Huile, Art and Architecture in Belgium 160-1800. Harmondsworth, 1960, p. 192, no. 59. Homage to Rubens. Exh. cat. Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1978, no. 10. Ingamells, J., ed. The Hertford Mawson Letters. London, 1981, pp. 129-130, nos. 101, 102. Held, J.S. Flemish and German Paintings of the 17th Century, The Collections of The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1982, pp. 32-38, pl. III (color). Sir Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1641. Exh. cat., Sogo Museum of Fine Arts et al. Yokohama, 1990 pp. 149-150, cat. 29 (ill.). Slive, S. Jacob van Ruisdael, A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, Drawings and Etchings. New Haven and London, 2001, pp. 374-375, cited under cat. 511. Wheelock, A.K., Jr. Flemish Paintings of the Seventeenth Century, Collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Systematic Catalogue. New York and Oxford, 2005, p. 100, (fig. 1).

Anton van Dyck, A Family Group, between 1634 and 1635, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund, 51.230.