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Portrait of Joan Huydecoper

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Portret van Joan Huydecoper

Portrait of Joan Huydecoper

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (copy after Bartholomeus van der Helst)
Portrait of Joan Huydecoper
after 1656
Oil on canvas
72,5 x 65 cm
SA 5091


Amsterdam Museum


This painting probably belonged to a Jewish collector who felt compelled under the wartime conditions to sell some of his paintings.


The former owner of the painting fled from Berlin to the Netherlands in 1938. In 1943, he was forced to go into hiding. Early in the 1940s he had been forced to sell paintings from his collection to meet his everyday expenses. Some were sold through Jacques Goudstikker’s art gallery, then directed by Alois Miedl, a German.
The museum is in contact the heirs of the Jewish collector.

Update 2015

On 30 March 2015 the Restitutions Committee gave binding advice to restitute this painting to the legal successors of its former owner. 

In December 2015 this painting was restituted to the successors of its former owner. 

Reconstruction origin

Before 1941-02
Private collection

Museum inventory

1941-02 <> 1945-05-05
Goudstikker/Miedl (art dealer), Amsterdam

Museum inventory; Goudstikker/Miedl inventory card

Before 1955
Joseph M. Morpurgo (art dealer), Amsterdam

Museum inventory

Purchased by the museum from Joseph M. Morpurgo art dealer

Museum inventory

1955 <> 2015-03-30
Amsterdam Museum