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The Sleeping Soldier

about 1656–1657
25 3/8 x 21 3/8 in. (64.45 x 54.29 cm)

Gerard ter Borch (Dutch, 1617–1681)

Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft; Conservation made possible by Charles Scott Riley III in memory of his parents, Polly and Gene Riley
Accession Number: 1931.398

Acquired by Johan van Tongeren; sold, the Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 1692 [1]. Acquired by A. van Hoek; sold, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April 7, 1706 (possibly stock no. 34). Acquired by George Alan, fifth viscount Midleton (died 1848), Peper–Harow, near Godalming, Surrey; (sold by Christie’s, London, July 31, 1851 (stock no. 77)). Acquired by Henry Harvey, London, by 1868. Acquired by William Harvey, London, by 1895. (Acquired by Scott and Fowles, New York, NY); purchased by Charles Phelps Taft [1843-1929] and Anna Sinton Taft [1850-1931], Cincinnati, OH, 1916; donated to the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 1927 [2]; transferred to the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, September 1, 2006 [3].


[1]. Sold with a pendant. See Catalogue of the Taft Museum, 1995. [2]. The Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts (CIFA) was formed by Charles Phelps and Anna Sinton Taft on March 22, 1927 as a non-profit corporation to stimulate the development of art and music in the City of Cincinnati and run the Taft Museum of Art, which opened in 1932. The Tafts offered $1 million for a permanent endowment fund, on the condition that the community raise $2.5 million in matching funds, which was achieved by December 3, 1928. [3]. Until August 31, 2006, the Museum was owned by CIFA, administered by CIFA’s Board of Trustees, and governed by the Taft Museum Board of Overseers. On September 1, 2006, the Museum legally separated from CIFA and began operations as its own incorporated 501(c)(3) entity. This separate incorporation led to the transfer to the separate entity after August 31, 2006 of all tangible assets comprising the Taft collection.

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