New visitor favourites
Bredius’s successor, Wilhelm Martin, also added to the collection. He was able, for example, to acquire a number of masterpieces from the private collection of our first director, Johan Steengracht. In the meantime, Ter Borch’s ‘Hunting for Lice’ and Steen’s ‘As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young’ had become firm visitor favourites. In the period between the two world wars, we had limited funds at our disposal, but we did receive a number of beautiful paintings as gifts, such as Ter Borch’s Woman Writing a Letter and Steen’s Girl Eating Oysters.
In 1999, director Frits Duparc, who was responsible for many remarkable acquisitions, secured Rembrandt’s Portrait of an Elderly Man for the museum with the support of several funds and private individuals.
Walking though the rooms of our museum today, you can see how the former directors have contributed to the Mauritshuis collection. Works by famous artists such as Rembrandt and Rubens, but also by rather more obscure masters, such as the still lifes of Pieter van Anraadt and Dirck de Bray.