Jacob Toorenvliet (Dutch, 1640–1719)

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Jacob Toorenvliet (Dutch, 1640–1719)

An Old Woman Handing a Coin to a Street Seller

Oil on Canvas Laid onto Panel

  • Provenance; Bonhams London, Old Master Paintings, 10th April 2013, Lot 40.
  • Similar listed to £60,000.00 GBP at auction.
  • There are 6 paintings by this artist in the British National Art Collection.
  • Painting - 40cm x 33.5cm
  • Frame - 53cm x 47cm 


A very fine old master oil painting depicting an old woman handing a coin to a street seller by Jacob Toorenvliet.  The painting has a good provenance having been included in Bonhams Old Master Paintings sale in April 2013 with an estimate of £1,500 - £2,000 (please see the photograph section) the painting dates to c.1710 according to the Bonhams catalogue.  Unsigned.


In very fine condition.  The canvas laid down onto panel.  The painting has apparently benefitted from a light clean since the Bonhams sale.  There is some surface wear and rubbing at the extremities where framed.  Clean, attractive, well framed and ready to hang.

Artist Information

Jacob Toorenvliet was a Dutch Golden Age painter of genre works.  Toorenvliet was born in Leiden, to Abraham Toorenvliet (1620–1692), a glass painter and drawing instructor. The younger Toorenvliet first studied art with Frans van Mieris the Elder and Matthijs Naiveu, who were also studying with his father, a respected drawing teacher. Later, like his fellow students, he studied with Gerrit Dou, his father's brother-in-law, until 1659, when he started on his Grand Tour.  Torenvliet was active in a number of different cities throughout his career, mainly in Italy and the Netherlands. He was in Vienna in 1663, and in Rome for a portrait commission in 1669. His companion on this trip was Nicolaas Roosendael, a painter from Enkhuizen. From 1670 to 1673 they lived in Venice, making another trip to Rome in 1671, where Torenvliet became a member of the Bentvueghels with the bent name of Jazon. He went to Vienna again in 1673, staying until 1674, and mainly painted figures on copper. He was in Leiden again in 1679, Amsterdam in 1680, and back in Leiden in 1686, where he remained. He joined the Guild of Saint Luke in Leiden, and held a number of senior offices in it from 1695 to 1712, in addition to cofounding the Leiden Drawing Academy in 1694 with Willem van Mieris and Carel de Moor. He died in Oegstgeest in 1719.