|"The Six Daughters of Charles E. H. Boissevain," by Thérèse|
The house is now occupied by a German family with connections to Seyss-Inquart as well as by Janna and her parents.
Do we have any idea whether this portrait, to which Hilda van Stockum devotes a full page, is based on a real one?
Early in the 20th century a portrait was painted that was similar to the one that HvS describes. It was done by Thérèse Schwartze, who was a fashionable painter of portraits in Amsterdam. The children are the nieces of my grandmother Olga Boissevain, so they would be first cousins of my mother.
My original thought was that my mother had in mind a portrait in the van Loon museum, But these portraits are older.
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