Peter Paul Rubens Siegen 1577 – 1640 Antwerp

Portrait of the Roman Emperor Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Augustus (15 – 69 AD) & Portrait of the Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasian (9 – 79 AD)

Both oil on panel 33.3 x 26.7 cm.

Provenance

Vitellius

Probably Antwerp, collection Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Ghent, collection Thomas Jodocus Loridon de Ghellinck, by c. 1790
His deceased sale, Ghent, Goesin, 3 September 1821, lot 68 (40 francs to Murphy) Paris, collection P.A. Chéramy, 1908-1913
Paris, collection Joseph Schnell, by 1922
His sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 18-19 May 1922, lot 91
Belgium, private collection
Sale Brussels, Galerie Georges Giroux, 15 March 1926, lot 41 (as ‘Vespasian’)1
Sale New York, Sotheby’s, 29 January 2009, lot 14, where sold to Christian Levett Mougins, collection Christian Levett, 2009
Mougins, Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins, inv. no. MMoCA.NC53

Vespasian

Probably Antwerp, collection Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Ghent, collection Thomas Jodocus Loridon de Ghellinck, by c. 1790
His deceased sale, Ghent, Goesin, 3 September 1821, lot 67 (40 francs to Murphy)
Paris, collection P.A. Chéramy, 1908-1913
Paris, collection Joseph Schnell, by 1922
His sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 18-19 May 1922, lot 95
Paris, with art dealer Alvin-Beaumont
Brussels, collection Jean Decoen
Berlin, collection Dr. Ernst Friedman
His sale, Berlin, Paul Cassirer and Hugo Helbing, 23 November 1927, lot 71, where acquired by Dr. Ludwig Burchard (1886-1960)
London, collection Wolfgang Burchard, by descent
Sale London, Christie’s, 5 July 1985, lot 78 (£16,200)
Yattendon (Berkshire), collection Alec Cobbe Esq.
Maastricht, Noortman Master Paintings, by 1995
Amsterdam, collection Eric Albada Jelgersma, acquired from the above
Mougins, collection Christian Levett, 2009, acquired from the above
Mougins, Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins, inv. no. MMoCA.NC83


Literature

Vitellius

Anonymous, Catalogue d’une très-belle et riche collection de Tableaux [...] qui composent le cabinet de Monsieur T. Loridon de Ghellinck [...] à Gand, Ghent c. 1790, p. 20, cat. no. 71
E. Haverkamp-Begemann, Olieverfschetsen van Rubens, exh. cat. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1953- 1954, p. 69, under no. 48
M. Jaffé, ‘Rubens’s Roman Emperors’, in: The Burlington Magazine 113 (1971), pp. 294-303, p. 298, fig. 4
A.J. Adams, in: E. Haverkamp-Begemann, A.J. Adams, Dutch and Flemish Paintings from New York Private Collections, exh. cat. New York, National Academy of Design 1988, p. 105, under cat. no. 40
M. Jaffé, Rubens : Catalogo Completo, Milan 1989, p. 298, cat. no. 870, ill. (erroneously as ‘with Sedelmeyer, Paris, 1817’)
M.E. Wiesemann, in: P.C. Sutton, M.E. Wieseman, Drawn by the Brush : Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens, exh. cat. Greenwich (CT), Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum 2004-2005, p. 150, under cat. no. 16
D. Alberge, in: M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, Mougins 2011, pp. 291-294, fig. 3
M. Merrony, Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins : La Collection Famille Levett, 2012, p. 78
K. Jonckheere, Portraits after Existing Prototypes (Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard 19-4), London 2016, pp. 37, 40-48, 104-106, 113, cat. no. 47, fig. 168
A. Libby, ‘Julius Caesar’, in: A.K. Wheelock Jr. (ed.), The Leiden Collection Catalogue, New York, note 6 (www.theleidencollection.com, accessed January 2019)

Vespasian

Anonymous c. 1790, p. 21, cat. no. 72
Haverkamp-Begemann, in: Rotterdam 1953-1954, pp. 69-70, cat. no. 49
Jaffé 1971, p. 297, fig. 3
Jaffé 1989, p. 298, cat. no. 871, ill.
Wiesemann, in: Greenwich/Berkeley/Cincinnati 2004-2005, p. 150, under cat. no. 16, fig. 1
Alberge, in: Merrony 2011, pp. 291-294, fig. 4
Merrony 2012, p. 78
Jonckheere 2016, pp. 37, 40-48, 104- 106, 113-114, cat. no. 48, fig. 170
Libby, ‘Julius Caesar’, in: Wheelock, Leiden Collection (www.theleidencollection.com, accessed January 2019)