Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Blauwhoofd

Artist/ Creator
Hendrik Tavenier
Title
Blauwhoofd
Year
1785
Technique
Pen and black ink, grey wash, inscription in pen and brown ink
Size
169 x 290 mm
Inventorynumber
Collectie 10097/2349
Category
Drawings

Museum

Stadsarchief Amsterdam

Conclusion

Who Stadsarchief acquired this drawing from is no longer known.

Explanation

In July 1942, Stadsarchief purchased six drawings. This was noted in the log. Investigators have searched for a match with drawings in the present collection. Four of the six drawings have been identified. The drawing by J. Kops of Leidseplein Lock is recorded in the log as being by H.P. Schouten. It is not certain that House and lock at Kadijk (1756) by S. Fokke or P.C. la Fargue (the log states J. de Beijer) was part of this purchase. The drawing in the log which has not been found in the collection is by H.P. Schouten, Nieuwmarkt with Weigh House, sketch in India ink.

The purchase is described in the log euphemistically as a direct purchase. The record is unusual in that the term used (‘uit de hand gekocht’) replaces the customary reference to the seller’s name, albeit in the briefest form. It is odd that the seller’s name does not appear. Indeed, the purchase itself is unusual, given the quality of the drawings. All this raises doubts about the circumstances of the sale. Stadsarchief has investigated the correspondence and financial records for additional information about the sale but without result. And no record of previous owners appears on the drawings themselves.

Reconstruction origin

Before 1942-07
Unknown

Archive inventory

1942-07
Purchased by the archive from an unknown person

Archive inventory

1942-07 <> present day
Stadsarchief Amsterdam