"Joh. Henrik Neuman Attr.. Children Of Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, Important Dutch Polician 19.century"This beautiful painting from Biedermeier epoch represents 3 children playing with toys. According to the original label and the pencil inscription on the back of the panel, these are the children of the famous 19th century Dutch polician and Minister of StateJohan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798-1872): Henriette (1838-1909) , Rudolf (1839-1861) and Herman (1841 - 1858). Due to the age of the youngest child, we can conclude that the painting was created around 1843-1844. It is known the famous portrait of their father Johan Rudolf Thorbecke, as Minister of State, painted in 1852 by the Dutch portrait painter Johan Heinrich (Henrik) Neuman (1819 Cologne - 1898 Haque), which is now in the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam. The quality, style and relationship between the people depicted in the two portraits (ours and the Rijksmuseum) allow us to assume that our painting was painted by the same artist as well. The portrait of the father can be seen on the following link from wikimedia commons:
To the personality of Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (source - Wikipedia): " Johan Rudolf Thorbecke (January 14, 1798 - June 4, 1872) was a Dutch politician and statesman of liberal signature, one of the most important Dutch politicians of the 19th century. In 1848 he practically wrote the revision of the Constitution of the Netherlands, granting less power to the king and more to the Estates General of the Netherlands In 1871-1872 he was Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Literature: Thieme / Becker, Leipzig, 1999, in line: wikipedia
Inscription: unsigned, on the back of the panel - inscription in pencil in German: "Kinder von Johan Rudolph Thorbecke" and old label with names and dates of the children.
Technique: oil on wood, original period frame
Dimensions: image 38.5 x 46.5 cm; framed 57 x 62 cm.
Condition: very good condition.