(Leiden 1606 – 1669 Amsterdam)



Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo



signed and dated lower left: Rembrandt 1658

oil on canvas

42 ¼ x 34 ¼ in. (107.4 x 87 cm.)


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Daniel Daulby (d. 1797), Liverpool; Sale T. Vernon, Liverpool, August 27, 1798, lot 70 (as “A Large Portrait, Rembrandt, 3’6” [by] 2’9”. This last picture is universally acknowledged by some of the finest judges in the kingdom to be a genuine and very capital picture of the above master, and is in high preservation.”)

William Clarke (d. 1805), banker, Everton, Lancashire; Sale, Winstanley, Liverpool, July 8, 1806,[2nd day of sale], lot 139 (as “Rembrandt. A Portrait, from the Collection of the late Daniel Daulby, Esq. in finest manner of Rembrandt.”)

William Earle, shipper, Everton, Lancashire; Sale Winstanley, Liverpool, April 17, 1839 [=1st day of sale], lot 61 (as  ”Rembrandt. The Portrait of a Dutch Admiral. He wears a rich Dress and Beret Cap; his right hand rests upon his side. Painted with a bold free pencil and powerful effect”, 3’5” x 2’9” (57 gns; probably acquired by George Folliott.

George Folliott (1801 – 1851), Vicars Cross, Chester, by 1847, and by descent to his grandson, James Folliott Folinsby Walker; Sale [The Property of the Late George Folliott], Sotheby’s, London, May 14, 1930, lot 51 (“So far as can be traced, this is an entirely unrecorded portrait by Rembrandt, painted according to the date inscribed on it during the period of his career so valued by collectors”, (£18,500 to Asscher and Welker).

With Asscher and Welcker , London, 1930.

With Howard Young Galleries, New York, 1931.

George Huntington Hartford II (1911 – 2008), by 1939, by whom presented in 1958 to Columbia University, New York.

Sold in 1974 by Columbia University to

Harold Diamond, Inc., New York, from whom acquired by John Seward Johnson (1895 – 1983),

By inheritance to his third wife, Barbara (“Basia”) Piasecka Johnson (b. 1937), who consigned it to

Sale Christie’s, London, December 8, 2009, lot 12.

Private Collector, United States; from whence purchased



C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné, etc. vol. VI (London, 1916), p. 381, no. 827a, as “A Dutch Admiral.”

T. Borenius, “The New Rembrandt,” The Burlington Magazine, vol. LVII, no. 32, August 1930, pp. 55 – 59.

A. M. Frankfurter, ed. The Antiquarian, vol. XV, November 1930, no. 5, p. 76, and cover illustration.

W.R. Valentiner, “Rediscovered Rembrandt Paintings,” The Burlington Magazine, vol. LVII, no. ?????

W.R. Valentiner, Rembrandt Paintings in America, New York, 1931, pl. 138.

A. Bredius, The Paintings of Rembrandt, Vienna 1935, p. 12, pl. 290.

W.R. Valentiner, catalogue of the exhibition, European Paintings and Sculpture from 1300 – 1800. Masterpieces of Art, New York, 1939, p. 148, no. 304.

W.R Valentiner, catalogue of the exhibition, Rembrandt and his Pupils, Raleigh, 1956, p. 23, no. 29, where it was suggested that the sitter might be the lawyer, Louis Craeyers.

“A little Known Rembrandt on View,” The New York Times, August 23, 1964.

K. Bauch, Rembrandt Gemälde, Berlin, 1966, p. 22, no. 421, illustrated.

H. Gerson, Rembrandt Paintings, New York, 1968, pp. 406, 501, no. 342.

A. Bredius, Rembrandt: The Complete Edition of Paintings, revised by H. Gerson, Vienna, 1969, p. 222, no. 290, illustrated pp. 572, 632.

G. Arpino, L’Opera pittorica complete di Rembrandt, Milan 1969, p. 119, no. 367, illustrated.

“A Portrait by Rembrandt Quietly Sold by Columbia,” The New York Times, January 4, 1975.

J. Bolton and H. Bolten-Rempt, The Hidden Rembrandt, Chicago, 1977, p. 199, no. 483, illustrated.

C. Brown, Rembrandt: Every Painting, New York, 1980, vol. II, p. 66, no. 333, p. 68, illustrated.

C. Tümpel, Rembrandt – All Paintings in Colour, Antwerp, 1993, p. 432, no. A93, illustrated, as “Rembrandt Circle.”



London, British Institution, 1847, no. 45 as “A Dutch Admiral.”

New York, Masterpieces of Art, May – October, 1939, no. 304.

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum, Frans Hals, Rembrandt. November 18 – December 31, 1947, no. XXVIII.

Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Rembrandt and his Pupils, November 16 – December 30, 1956, no. 29.

Wisconsin, Milwaukee Art Institute, An Inaugural Exhibition, September 12 – October 20, 1957, no. 17.

New York, Gallery of Modern Art (Huntington Hartford Museum) August 23 – September 9, 1964.

Chicago, The Art Institute; Minneapolis, The Minneapolis institute of Arts; Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Art, Rembrandt after Three Hundred Years – An Exhibition of Rembrandt and his Followers,  DATE? no. 13.