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Farmland with a Pond and Trees

about 1663–1664
37 7/16 x 49 3/4 in. (95.09 x 126.37 cm)

Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638–1709)

Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft
Accession Number: 1931.407

Sold, Amsterdam, around 1800. Acquired by Francis Egerton, third duke of Bridgewater, before 1802. Acquired by Mr. Foster. Acquired by Mr. Slade. Acquired by the countess of Holderness; (consigned to Christie’s, London); purchased by Charles Hanbury Tracy, March 6, 1802 (no. 76) [1]. Acquired by Anatolï? Nikolaevich Demidov/Demidoff, principe de San Donato, Florence, Italy; sold March 15, 1880 (no. 1103). Acquired by E. Secrétan, London; (consigned to Christie's, London); sold July 13, 1889 (no. 6). Acquired by Samuel Cunliffe-Lister, first baron Masham [d. 1906], Swinton Park, Masham, Yorkshire. (Acquired by Scott and Fowles, New York, NY); purchased by Charles Phelps Taft [1843-1929] and Anna Sinton Taft [1850-1931], Cincinnati, OH, October 26, 1907; 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]. According to Smith, Tracy still owned the painting in 1835. 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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