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Dirck van Delen

The Interior of a Cathedral

Dirck van Delen

Signed and dated (lower left, on the base of the column): D. v. Delen. f. 1641
Oil on panel, 18½ x 25⅛ ins. (47.1 x 63.7 cm)



(Probably) John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713-1782)
John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute (1744-1814), Luton Hoo, where recorded in the inventories of 1797, in the North Green Dressing Room, as “Van Delen & Gonzales, a fine representation of the inside of a Cathedral – beautiful figures”, and 1800, no. 187, North Green Dressing Room, as “Van Delen and Gonzales, Inside of a Cathedral”, and by descent to his son,
John, 2nd Marquess of Bute
Sale, Christie’s, London, 8 June 1822, lot 31, as “a Church Piece”, sold for 26½ gns. to the following
Du Pré Alexander, 2nd Earl of Caledon (1777-1839), and by descent to
James, 4th Earl of Caledon, K.P. (1846-1884), 5 Carlton House Terrace, London
With Mortimer Brandt Gallery, New York, 1940, where acquired by the previous owner
Private collection, Switzerland, until 2017


G. F. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, Supplement: Galleries and cabinets of art in Great Britain, Letter III, Lord Caledon’s Collection, London, 1854, IV, p. 149.
F. Russell, John, 3rd Earl of Bute, Patron and Collector, London, 2004, p. 196. 


The staffage is painted by Anthonie Palamedesz. (1601-1673)

Dirck van Delen

Heusden 1604/5 – 1671 Arnemuiden

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