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Interior of an Inn with Three Men and a Boy

13 5/16 x 15 9/16 in. (33.81 x 39.53 cm)

Adriaen van Ostade (Dutch, 1610–1685)

Medium: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft
Accession Number: 1931.400

Acquired by the comte d'Orsay; sold, Paris, possibly June 7, 1779 or March 20, 1810 [1]. Acquired by Jean-Louis Laneuville [1748-1826] [2]; sold, Paris, November 1811 [3]. Acquired by John Smith [4]; sold, 1825. Acquired by William Thomas Beckford [1760-1844], by 1829; presumably by descent, Susan, Duchess of Hamilton [1786-1859], daughter of the previous, and Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton [1767-1852]; located at Hamilton Palace, Scotland, after May 19, 1848 [5]; (purchased by Duncan, 1882 (lot 73)); purchased by Christopher Beckett Denison [1825-1884]; (consigned to Christie's, London); purchased by Robson, June 13, 1885 (lot 922). Acquired by George Field; (consigned to Christie's, London); purchased by N., June 10, 1893 (lot 31) [6]. (Acquired by Thomas Agnew and Sons, London); (consigned to Scott and Fowles, New York, NY); purchased by Charles Phelps Taft [1843-1929] and Anna Sinton Taft [1850-1931], Cincinnati, OH, September 30, 1905; donated to the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 1927 [7]; transferred to the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, September 1, 2006 [8].


[1]. See Catalogue of the Taft Museum, 1995 for explanation. [2]. Jean-Louis Laneuville was a portraitist and pupil of Jacques-Louis David. [3]. Cited by Smith (see following note). [4]. John Smith wrote A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters, vol. 1, London, 1829. [5]. The painting arrived from Bath on May 19, 1848. See email from Dr. Godfrey Evans in Taft Museum of Art object file. [6]. Buyer’s name is partly legible, and could possibly be North, Nathan, or Nathen. See email from Dr. Godfrey Evans in Taft Museum of Art object file. [7]. 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. [8]. 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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