Oil painting on canvas, The Baptism of Christ by Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1566 – Utrecht 1651), circa 1595/1600. Another later composition by this influential Dutch Mannerist artist, with different motifs but of the same subject, of 1602, is in the National Gallery, Ottawa. The Ham picture was reframed for Lionel Tollemache, 4th Earl of Dysart (1708-70).
In 1679/83 inventory and thence by descent until acquired in 1948 by HM Government when Sir Lyonel, 4th Bt (1854 – 1952) and Sir Cecil Tollemache, 5th Bt (1886 – 1969) presented Ham House to the National Trust, and entrusted to the care of the Victoria & Albert Museum, until 1990, when returned to the care of the National Trust, and to which ownership was transferred in 2002
Ham House, The Dysart Collection (purchased by HM Government in 1948 and transferred to the National Trust in 2002)
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Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1566 – Utrecht 1651) , artist