Seascape with Ruins on a Cliff

Abraham Willaerts (Dutch, 1603-1669)

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Baron Henri-Marie-Bruno-Joseph-Léon Kervyn de Lettenhove [1856-1928], St. Michel-lez-Bruges and Brussels, Belgium; by descent to Colette H. Dawson [Mrs. John W. Dawson], Zionsville, Indiana, from 1948;{1} purchased by Mrs. George Henry Alexander Clowes [1885-1967], Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1960;{2} Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, Indiana, since 1967, and on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1971; given to the Indianapols Museum of Art at Newfields in 2018.

{1} Upon the death of Baron Henri Kervyn de Lettenhove in 1928, his estate was divided between his wife (who died in 1934) and one surviving child, the Vicomtesse Roger le Sergeant d'Hendecourt (died 1942). The four children of the latter were minors on the death of their father; two died in 1945, and the estate remained undivided until 1948, when it was inherited by Colette Dawson and her sister. Correspondence from John W. Dawson to Allen W. Clowes, 23 September 1960, see Clowes Registration Archive.
{2} Sales agreement, 19 August 1960, see Clowes Registration Archive.

Object Information

Abraham Willaerts (Dutch, 1603-1669)
creation date
tempera and oil on panel
14-1/4 x 20-1/4 in. (panel)
mark descriptions
Signed, lower right
accession number
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The Clowes Collection
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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