Portrait of a Young Married Couple

about 1621–22
Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, 1593–1678)


124.5 x 92.4 cm (49 x 36 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

On View

William I. Koch Gallery (Gallery 250)





Although the sitters in this portrait are unidentified, in all likelihood they were husband and wife. The painting has the typical format of a seventeenth-century marriage portrait, and the ivy clinging to the architecture behind them is a symbol of marital love and fidelity. Although the figures’ poses suggest an affectionate connection to one another, their faces turn to the spectator.


1880, possibly John Robert Townshend, 1st Earl Sydney (b. 1805 - d. 1890), Kent, England [see note 1]. 1907, Messrs. Lawrie and Co., London; 1907, sold by Lawrie, through Blakeslee Galleries, New York, to Robert Dawson Evans (d. 1909), Boston; 1909, by inheritance to Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans (Maria Antoinette Hunt) (b. 1845 - d. 1917), Boston; 1917, bequest of Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans to the MFA [see note 2]. (Accession Date: November 1, 1917)

[1] The Earl of Sydney lent the painting, attributed to Rubens, to the "Exhibition of Works by The Old Masters..." at the Royal Academy in 1880 (p. 14, no. 54, "A Lady and a Gentleman," 48 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.).

[2] Accessioned as a work by Peter Paul Rubens.

Credit Line

Robert Dawson Evans Collection