Born at Amsterdam in 1612. Died in 1670. When the present owner purchased this picture, it was concealed by another and indifferent subject painted over it. This was probably done in the time of the Netherland Wars, to disparage the value of the picture in order to prevent its being taken amongst the spoils by an invading and conquering enemy, as was the custom of those times. It was no doubt intended that the spurious paint should be removed when security should follow peace. But this was not done until it came in possession of its present owner, when, in the year 1849, this delicate work was performed by George Howorth, of Boston, and the original subject thus brought again to light. [P. 12; exhibited under note indicating that this work is among those "from the private collection of Lt. Col. J.D. Graham, U.S.A. The explanations and descriptions are printed as furnished by him."]
Chicago Exhibition of the Fine Arts. Catalogue of the First Exhibition of Statuary, Paintings, &c., opened May 9th, in Burch's Building, cor. Wabash Avenue and Lake St. 1859. Hours of exhibition: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., evening, 7:30 to 9:30. Admission, twenty-five cents. Season Tickets, fifty cents. Chicago: Press & Tribune Print, 51 Clark Street. 1859. Price of Catalogue, ten cents.