Collections: Susanna Ruts. Ruts family. Owned in 1799 by Joost Romswinckel, Leyden, and still in his collection, in The Hague, in 1817. Anthony Meynts sale, July 15, 1823, Amsterdam, Lot 107, as Portrait of a Man, sold for 4,010 florins to Brondgeest (one of the agents—“makelaars”—for the sale), possibly for the Queen of the Netherlands. Willem II, King of the Netherlands, sale, August 12, 1850, The Hague, Lot 86, as Portrait d’un Rabbin, sold for 3,400 florins to Weimer, The Hague. Adrian Hope sale, June 30, 1894, Christie’s, Lot 57 (now identified as Nicolaes Ruts), sold for 4,700 guineas to Agnew. Joseph Ruston, Monk’s Manor, Lincoln. His sale, May 21 and 23, 1898, Christie’s, Lot 95, sold for 5,000 guineas to Colnaghi. Bought (through E. Fischof, Paris) by Comte Boni de Castellane, Paris. Bought (before 1903) by J. Pierpont Morgan, and brought by him to New York in 1912. Knoedler, 1943. Frick, 1943.
Source: Paintings in The Frick Collection: American, British, Dutch, Flemish and German. Volume I. New York: The Frick Collection, 1968.