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Francois Costermans
(mid 19th century)

oil on canvas
59.0 × 48.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Leon Costermans, 1987
Gallery location
Not on display

Collection of César Costermans (1843–1924) and Mathilde Costermans (1850–1918), Brussels and Barabool, Hawthorn, Melbourne, until 1890s[i]; collection of Dr William Maloney (1854–1940), Melbourne, 1890s until 1940[ii]; sold at auction, Melbourne, 1940[iii]; from where purchased by Charles Costermans (1888–1958), Melbourne, 1940; his collection, Melbourne, until 1958; thence by descent, to Leon Costermans (b. 1933), 1958–87; by whom donated to the NGV, 1987.


[i] Brought to Australia by from Brussels when the couple emigrated in the 1880s.

[ii] This portrait – along with two other portraits by Edouard Agneessens (accession nos E3-1987 and E4-1987) – was given to Maloney, a family acquaintance, as security for cash advancement when the Costermans family ran into financial trouble during the 1890s depression. Letter to Sonia Dean from Leon Costermans, dated 27 June 1994, NGV Curatorial files.

[iii] Auction details unknown.