Lute Player

about 1640
Attributed to Jean de Reyn (French, about 1610–1678)


157.5 x 114.0 cm (62 x 44 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View






Possibly Victor Amadeus I, Prince of Carignano (b. 1690 - d. 1741), Paris; July 30, 1742, possibly in the Carignano sale, Hôtel de Soissons, Paris, and sold for 400 fr. [see note 1]. Jean Paris de Montmartel (b. 1690 - d. 1766), Brunoy, France; December 2, 1776, posthumous Montmartel sale, Paris, lot 23, sold for 6000 fr. to Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun (b. 1748 - d. 1813), Paris. 1780, Antoine Poullain, Paris; March 20, 1780, Poullain sale, lot 34, sold for 2436 fr. to M. de Courmont. 1787, Sir John Lambert (b. 1728 - d. 1799), 3d Bt., Paris; March 27, 1787, Lambert sale, Paris, lot 62, sold for 1800 fr. to Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, Paris. By 1808, Lucien Bonaparte (b. 1775 - d. 1840), 1st Prince de Canino, Rome [see note 2]; February 6, 1815, Bonaparte sale, through William Buchanan, New Gallery, Pall Mall, London, lot 157, unsold; May 15, 1816, Bonaparte sale, George Stanley, London, lot 102, sold for £84 to George Stanley. 1853, sold by a Mr. Smith (possibly John Smith, b. 1781 - d. 1855) to Sir Thomas Baring (b. 1799 - d. 1873), Stratton Park, Hampshire, England [see note 3]; until 1930, by descent through the Earls of Northbrook at Stratton Park; about 1930, sold by the Earls of Northbrook to P. and D. Colnaghi and Co., London; 1934, sold by Colnaghi to the MFA for $8506. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934)

[1] According to Théodore Lejeune, Guide Théoretique et Pratique de L'Amateur de Tableaux, vol. 2 (Paris, 1864), p. 364. Attributed to van Dyck in this sale and in all subsequent collections until its purchase from Colnaghi.

[2] Galleria del Senatore Luciano Bonaparte, Rome, 1808, no. 43, "Il suonatore di Guitarra, di Vandick". See Marina Natoli, "Lucien Bonaparte, le sue collezioni d'arte e le sue dimore a Roma e nel Lazio (1804-1840)," Paragone Arte 41 (November, 1990), p. 104.

[3] According to information provided by Colnaghi at the time of the painting's sale. The painting was lent under the name of Thomas Baring to the Royal Academy in 1870 (cat. no. 38), and that of the Earl of Northbrook to the "Exhibition of Works of Sir Anthony Van Dyck" (Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1887, cat. no. 5), to the "Exhibition of Works by Van Dyck" (Royal Academy, London, 1900, cat. no. 86), and Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1912 (cat. no. 33). After Thomas Baring's death in 1873 the painting passed to his nephew, Thomas George Baring (b. 1826 - d. 1904), 1st Earl of Northbrook.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund