this painting was made at the occasion of a great feast for Leopold the First of Belgium in
Brussels in 1848. Bosboom was one of the painters invited by the Cèrcle Artistique et
Littéraire to create his own interpretation of an admired painting of the 17th century. His
choice was a church interior by Pieter de Witte (1568 – 1651). The corridors of the palace
where the feast was held were hung with these paintings and they were also published in 1849
in a very elaborate book with lithographs made of the paintings and dedicated to the King.
Kunsthandel D. Sala & Zonen, The Hague;
Kunsthandel Jack Niekerk, The Hague;
Kunsthandel Goudriaan, Rotterdam;
Gebr. Douwes Fine Art, Amsterdam, 1982;
a private Dutch collection and by descent within the same family in Belgium;
to Douwes Fine Art, 2003;
sold to an important Dutch collection, 2004.
Brussels, ‘Dutch Painters’, Palais des Beaux Arts, 1932.
a special publication ‘Souvenirs à la fête donné le 26 septembre 1848, par le Cercle Artistique
et Littéraire’, sous le patronage Du Roi Du Gouvernement et de la Ville de Bruxelles aux
artistes exposants et aux membres du congrès agricole’, 1849. Dedicated to His Majesty
Leopold the First, King of the Belgians, with a lithography of this painting, Plate XI;
Dinkelaar & Kaatman, ‘Johannes Bosboom (1817-1819), Schilder van licht, schaduw en kleur’,
1999, cat.no.KN140-1, p.167 with ill.