Houlten, Mesdag van

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Sina (Sientje) van Houten (Groningen, 23 December 1834 – The Hague, 20 March 1909) was the wife of Hendrik Willem Mesdag, the Dutch marine painter of the Hague School, and a painter herself.  Autograph Slip Writing Signed, 1893 - 8 x 5 1/4 Broadside: written in the hand of the author in blk ink on a docket for a showing at the University of Chicago; with a lovely age-toning seen throughout. Overall, fine condition.

Van Houten was born in December 1834 in Groningen, the eldest of seven children of Derk van Houten and Barbara Elisabeth Meihuizen. One of her brothers was later Minister Samuel van Houten . Her father had a large sawmill at the Damsterdiep . They married on April 23, 1856 in Groningen with the securities dealer Hendrik Willem Mesdag , the later Dutch marine painters of the Hague School . 

Sientje supported her husband in 1864 when he gave up his job to devote affairs. Himself exclusively to painting This choice was made financially possible by the legacy Appelsientje received after the death of her father. Self drew and painted them too. After the death of her only child in 1871 - almost eight year old son Klaas - went she, like her husband, devoted entirely to painting. She focused on landscape painting and still lifes , but also painted portraits. 

Johannes Christiaan d’Arnaud Gerkens (1823-1892) was her teacher in drawing. In the painting, she was the painters Willem Roelofs and Lourens Alma Tadema helped her cousin, on the way. In 1881 she painted along the Panorama Mesdag. 

In her paintings, she was already working portrayed by her husband to the panorama. In the panorama itself is she sitting at her easel , pictured. 

Along with Ginny van de Sande Bakhuyzen , Kate Bishop-Swift and Margaret Roosenboom she painted in 1874 “ Hague orphans “, a painting for the then Queen Sophie on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the reign of her husband, King William III. 

Her work has been exhibited in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Austria and the United States. In 1884, one of her landscapes a gold medal at an exhibition in Amsterdam and in 1889 was awarded a bronze medal in Paris for a moorland. Also in Melbourne her work with a bronze medal was awarded. She was a member of the Dutch Society Tick and Pulchri Studio in The Hague. 

On her seventieth birthday in 1904, she was honored with a eretentoonstelling in the halls of Pulchri Studio . On December 21, 1904, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau . In 1906 the couple Mesdag-Van Houten celebrated his golden wedding. 

She died in The Hague on March 20, 1909. She is buried at Old Oak and Dunes . There was also buried her husband in 1915. In 1930, her brother Samuel buried in the same grave. 

Work of Van Houten is in the collections of the Gemeentemuseum , Panorama Mesdag , the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam , the Groninger Museum , the Museum Drenthe in Assen, the Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren Museum Lambert van Meerten in Delft and the Mesdag Collection .