Portrait of a Young Married Couple

Related Artist: Jacques Jordaens (1593 - 1678)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, United States of America

© JVDPPP Portrait of a Young Married Couple

Object details


Portrait of a Young Married Couple

Technique and support

oil on panel


124.5 x 92.7 cm


Related artist

Jacques Jordaens (1593 - 1678)

Most recent published attribution

Jordaens [Boston Museum 1999]

Collection and provenance


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, United States of America

Inv. no.



Possibly John Robert Townshend, 1st Earl Sydney (1805-1890), Kent, England, by whom lent to the Royal Academy, London, 1880;
with Messrs. Laurie and Co., London, 1907;
sold by Lawrie, through Blakeslee Galleries, New York, to Robert Dawson Evans (d.1909), Boston, 1909;
by inheritance to Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans (Marie Antoinette Hunt) (1845-1917), Boston, 1917;
bequest by Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans to the museum, 1917, as Rubens.



London 1880, no. 54, as Rubens;
Boston Museum, February 1910, p.5, as Rubens;
Valentiner 1912, pp. 183-184, as Rubens;
Valentiner 1914, p. 179;
Valentiner 1920, pp. 179-80;
Ames 1925, pp.19, 22, 24;
Burroughs 1938, pp. 149-151;
Kieser 1938-39, p. 186, no.7;
Nash 1942, no.4, as Rubens;
Los Angeles 1946, no. 16, as Rubens;
Goris – Held 1947, nr. A.23, as Jordaens;
Constable 1949, pp.127-128, as Rubens;
R.-A. d’Hulst, 1956, p. 82, as Jordaens;
thereafter in the literature as Jordaens;
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in Oil, Tempera and Pastel, Boston Museum,1955, p.35;
Gerson – ter Kuile 1960, p.127;
Jaffé 1965, pp.51, 53;
Ottawa 1968-69, pp. 90, 268 no. 35;
Boston Museum 1971, pp.103, 193, no.103;
d’Hulst 1982, pp. 270-271, 339, note 7;
Jaffé 1984, p.784;
Boston 1984, pp.25, 50;
Boston Museum 1985, p.153;
Sutton 1986, p.42;
de Jongh 1986, pp.126-127;
Laing 1992, pp.220-221, no.68 (M.Vandenven);
Boston 1993, pp.245-46 no. 29 (M. Wieseman);
Unger 1993, p.13;
Boston Museum 1999, p.207.

Consult the bibliography

Panel reverse

Cradled or uncradled



Small paper label with difficult to read text and numbers


Genus of wood


Number of planks


Plank no. 1

Tree rings: 131
Dated: AD 1461 – 1591
Felled: After AD 1601 (terminus post quem)
Origin: Poland/Baltic states

Plank no. 2

Tree rings: 159
Dated: AD 1436 – 1594
Felled: After AD 1604 (terminus post quem)
Origin: Poland/Baltic states

Plank no. 3

Tree rings: 193
Dated: AD 1409 – 1601
Felled: After AD 1611 (terminus post quem)
Origin: Poland/Baltic states

Plank no. 4

Tree rings: 112
Dated: AD 1485 – 1596
Felled: After AD 1606 (terminus post quem)
Origin: Poland/Baltic states

Planks of the same tree

1. and 3. this painting

Date of investigation

30 April 2019

Dendro report no.



Dr. MBA Joost Vander Auwera

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