Jan Miense Molenaer
Haarlem 1610 - 1668
A Boy and a Girl playing Music by Candlelight.
Oil on Canvas, 66.4 x 48.6 cm
Monogrammed on barrel: I M (with the back of the brush in the wet paint)
C.J. Palmers, Kent;
Christie’s, London, 20 June 1913, lot 69, as “Judith Leyster” (350 gns, to Lippmann);
Adolph Hirsch, London;
by descent to his grandson George Pinto (1929-2018).
Dr. Pieter Biesboer.
The present picture comes from the collection of the late banker George Pinto (1929- 2018). Pinto was an art lover and patron of the National Gallery and a trustee of the Wallace Collection. He kept a select collection of paintings he had inherited at his homes in Kent and Knightsbridge. In May 2020 the National Gallery in London acquired works through Christie’s by Jean-Etienne Liotard, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Thomas Lawrence from the collection via the Acceptance in Lieu scheme.