Portrait of Sara Andriesdochter Hessix, by Frans Hals, c. 1626 - painted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her marriage to Michiel Jansz. van Middelhoven, with whom she had 11 children, 8 of whom were boys - all of them became pastors like their father. The records of the Paris auction house at which Gulbenkian's agent bought the picture shows that it cost him $48,178.56, probably in the 1930s. A painting of her husband by Hals, done at the same time. was stolen by the Germans during WWII and has never been recovered.
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