- Titles Gilles du Fanney (Former title)
- Artist Formerly attributed to, Otto van Veen, Flemish, 1556 - 1629
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 78 x 48 in. (198.1 x 121.9 cm) frame: 88 3/4 × 58 3/4 × 3 in. (225.4 × 149.2 × 7.6 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Mrs. Caroline Patterson Ireland in memory of Hilton and Hazel Johnson, AFI.23.1983
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Signature None
- Marks None
- Inscription Verso, left stretcher bar, center, typed sticker: MB 0167 / 140 / SAN DIEGO / VAN & [ripped] / LOT N [ripped] Verso, horizontal strainer bar, center left, black crayon: BX4 NO2 Verso, cross-point of top horizontal and vertical strainer bars, typed label: Special Art Exhibition / CALIFORNIA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION / FINE ARTS GALLERY - BALBOA PARK / SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA / (Note: Paste this label on the back of any example to be exhibited.) / 1. ARTISTS NAME OTTO VAN VEEN / 2. ARTISTS ADDRESS deceased / 3. TITLE OR DESCRIPTION (if craft work mention medium, etc.) / GILLES DU FANNY, hero, Siege of Antwerp / at end of XVI Century / 4. OWNER OF EXHIBIT Capt. and Mrs. H. C. Johnson / 5. RETURN EXHIBIT TO same / 3641 Indiana Street, San Diego / 6. NOMINAL VALUE [blank] / Transportation Insurance (not in excess of $495.00) / 7. SELLING PRICE [blank] (if for sale.) / The Fine Arts Society of San Diego will charge / 15% commission on any sale made during the Exhibition.
- Provenance With dealer Cannell and Chaffin [see note 1]; Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mitchell, Los Angeles and Coronado, California [see note 2]; their sale dealer Mitchell Gallery, Coronado, San Diego, California, April 6-8, 1933. Mr. and Mrs. Captain Hilton Carl Johnson (1890-1977), San Diego, California, by 1936 [see note 3]; by bequest to two nieces of Captain Johnson, Mrs. Charles W. (Carolyn Patterson) Ireland, Birmingham, Alabama, and Mrs. Rufus Garland (Alma Marie Patterson) Wilson (1919-2012), Fullerton, California [see note 4]; gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1983
1. Cannell and Chaffin was an art gallery and interior decoration firm in Los Angeles. Per the 1933 auction catalogue, Cannell and Chaffin imported the portraits from Europe. They may have been purchased by the dealer by 1921. The Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1921, referenced one(!) painting by van Veen at the recently updated gallery.
2. John Mitchell died on July 2, 1926; his widow died April 20, 1931. The Mitchells had no heirs.
3. Lenders to the California Pacific International Exposition. Palace of Fine Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, February 12, 1936 - September 6, 1936. Exhibition label on verso.
4. After Captain Johnson’s (1890-1977) death the paintings remain in Mrs. Hazel W. Johnson's (1896-1980) possession. They were on loan to the San Diego Museum of Art from 1949-73.