Description of Rembrandt's masterpiece from 1632
History of Rembrandt "Jacob de Gheyn III"
1764, the painting was sold to the Portrait of Maurits Huygens as part of the art collection of Rudolph Allard van Waay at auction. 1786, both paintings were auctioned from the art collection Aubert in Paris. 1807 bequeathed Noel Joseph Desenfans the painting to Sir Francis Bourgeois in London. Four years later, bequeathed to the later bourgeois Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London - which he founded together with Margaret and Noel Desenfans.
The art theft of Rembrandt's "Jacob de Gheyn III"
On 12/31/1966 some thieves broke into the Dulwich Picture Gallery , a by anbohrten a rarely used door with dimensions of about 30 x 60 cm from the outside and away. Thus they bypassed the alarm system, which was activated only at the inputs and outputs. With the diameter of the small opening only small or frame free paintings were stolen, including Rembrandt's "Young Girl at the Window" of 1645 and Paul Rubens "The Three Graces" by 1635 . The stolen works of art possessed at this time a total value of at least 7 million pounds. Nearly 50 years later, alone Rembrandt "Jacob de Gheyn III" has a value of about 13 million euros. The museum director was probably very stingy because he offered only £ 1,000 reward for the recovery of the paintings.
A few days later a track to thieves was found under the direction of Detective Superintendent Charles Hewett. The unemployed ambulance driver Michael Hall was arrested as the only thief, and sentenced to five years in prison.