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Portrait of Pieter Bouwens

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Portrait of Pieter Bouwens

Artist/ Creator
Ferdinand Bol
Title
Portrait of Pieter Bouwens
Year
1658
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
118 x 97 cm
Inventorynumber
01574
Category
Paintings

Museum

Museum Tongerlohuys

Conclusion

When and from whom C.H.J. Veldkamp acquired this painting is no longer known. This and its pendant may have belonged to a Jewish collector.

Explanation

C.H.J. Veldkamp was a director of a cooperative sugar refinery in Roosendaal. In the 1930s he acquired a considerable collection of art and antiques. During the war, Veldkamp allegedly sympathised with the Germans. When the Allies liberated Roosendaal in September 1944, he fled. He died in Maastricht on 31 August 1945.
The heirs of a Jewish collector have submitted a claim to the museum for this portrait and its pendant. Roosendaal municipality intends to refer the case to the Restitution Committee.

Update 

On 13 April 2015 the Restitutions Committee gave binding advice to the municipality of Roosendaal to restitute the paintings Portrait of Pieter Bouwens and Portrait of Anna Maria van Nutt by Ferdinand Bol to the heir of the former owner. 

Reconstruction origin

? <> 1945-08-31
C.H.J. Veldkamp (collection), Roosendaal

Museum inventory; SNK archive no. 1052

1945-08-31 <> na 1950-05-16
Erven Veldkamp (collection), Roosendaal

Museum inventory

After 1950-05-16
Purchased by Roosendaal municipality from Veldkamp’s heirs

Museum inventory

After 1950-05-16 <> 2015-04-13
Museum Tongerlohuys (on loan from the municipality)