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Vermeer Invoice

M. Knoedler & Co. invoice for Vermeer’s Officer and Laughing Girl purchased by Henry Clay Frick on November 13, 1911, for $225,000. Bill Book No. 1, Henry Clay Frick Art Collection Files

Rembrandt Invoice

Both of these artists figured into later acquisitions (Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait and Polish Rider, 1906 and 1910, and Vermeer’s Officer and Laughing Girl, 1911) culminating with Frick’s final purchase, Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid in 1919.



M. Knoedler & Co. invoice for Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait purchased by Henry Clay Frick on December 31, 1906 for $225,000. Bill Book No. 1, Henry Clay Frick Art Collection Files

Vermeer Girl Interrupted

Frick’s purchase of Portrait of a Young Artist ushered in a new phase of his collecting, which had previously focused on French academic and Barbizon painters. Just two years later, in 1901, Frick acquired Vermeer’s Girl Interrupted at Her Music

 

 

 

 

 

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Girl Interrupted at Her Music, c. 1658-59

 

 

 

 

 

Rembrandt Portrait Young Artist

The Frick Collection contains exceptional Dutch works of its own, including three Vermeers and three Rembrandts, along with works by Hals, Cuyp, Hobbema, and Wouwerman. Henry Clay Frick's acquisition of Old Master paintings began with Rembrandt and ended with Vermeer. Frick acquired the Portrait of a Young Artist (now attributed to a follower of Rembrandt) through Arthur Tooth & Sons in 1899.

 

 

 

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Follower of) (1606 - 1669), Portrait of a Young Artist, 1650s

 

 

 

Dordrecht: Sunrise

Almost forty years later, Helen Clay Frick, Mr. Frick's daughter, visited the Netherlands again, this time compiling a detailed scrapbook describing her trip. On September 15, 1932, she passed through Dordrecht, the subject of a Cuyp painting in her father's collection.

 

 

 

Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691), Dordrecht: Sunrise, c. 1650

 

 

 

Itinerary

An itinerary in Mrs. Frick's hand places the family at the Hotel des Indes,The Hague from August 3rd through 7th that summer, in between stops in Spa and Ostend, Belgium.








Travel itinerary by Adelaide H.C. Frick, 1896. Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series: Travel

Carnegie Letter

While it is not known for certain whether Henry Clay Frick ever visited the Mauritshuis, we do know that the Frick family visited Holland in 1896. Frick wrote of his intention to visit the country in a letter to Andrew Carnegie in July of that year.






Letter from Henry Clay Frick to Andrew Carnegie, July 13, 1896. Henry Clay Frick Papers, Series VIII: Letterpress Copybooks (Vol. 12, p. 138)

Travel Scrapbook 4

Miss Frick photographed the Hofvijver, a body of water which borders one side of the Mauritshuis (it would sit to the left of the buildings in the top photograph), as well as other sights in The Hague before leaving on September 17th for stops in Haarlem, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Middelburg.





Travel scrapbook from a trip to France and the Netherlands, 1932.  Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series: Travel

Travel Scrapbook 3

Several works depicted in Miss Frick's scrapbook are currently on view at The Frick Collection, including Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, Fabritius' The Goldfinch, seen here, and Steen's "As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young," seen on the preceding page.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel scrapbook from a trip to France and the Netherlands, 1932. Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series: Travel

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Scrapbook 2

On September 16, 1932, Helen Clay Frick was personally conducted around the Mauritshuis by its Director, Wilhelm Martin, who shared details regarding the restoration of Dutch paintings. She also met Hans Schneider, Director of the Rijksbureau voor kunsthistorische en ikonographische documentatie, founded two years earlier by Hofstede de Groot.




Travel scrapbook from a trip to France and the Netherlands, 1932. Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series: Travel

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