Portrait of a Family in an Interior

about 1700
Nicolas Walraven van Haften (Dutch, 1663–1715)


46.4 x 55.5 cm (18 1/4 x 21 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





We do not know the name of this fashionable family, but their arrangement in the painting reveals much about them. The father sits near the center, and a figure who must be his wife stands behind. She has one hand on her husband’s chair and the other on an oval portrait of his deceased first wife. The children have been raised well, as exemplified by the musical skill of the older daughters at the left and the obedience of the little ones at the right.


Around the 1920s, with Chenue, Paris [see note 1]. 1934, Madame la Baronne de Testa, Paris [see note 2]. January 19, 1982, anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, lot 42 [see note 3], to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 10, 1982)

[1] An old label from the Chenue shipping firm, which may date to around the 1920s, remains on the reverse of the painting. Partially obliterated, it appears to read "Rosenbaum." [2] She lent this to the exhibition "Peintres de la Réalité en France au XVIIe siècle" (Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1934), cat. no. 145, in which it was unattributed and called "Le Comte de la Rochette de Bassieux avec sa famille." [3] Attributed in the catalogue to P. Bergaigne.

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund