Herman Frederik Carel ten Kate was born in the Hague, Holland on 16 February 1822 to Jan Herman ten Kate, a clerk and Johanna Henriette Adriana de Witte Van Haemstede. His brother was the artist Johan Mari Henri ten Kate (1831-1910), whom he also taught. He began studying under Cornelis Kruseman (1797-1857) at his studio in the Hague from around 1837, taking his lessons with David Bles (1821-1899). Inspired by Kruseman, he began painting historical genre paintings usually set in taverns featuring soldiers or figures in 17th century period costume. He began exhibiting from 1840 and his paintings proved highly popular.
When Kruseman, his teacher left for Italy, ten Kate enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1841 and then continued his education abroad travelling to Belgium, Germany, Italy and France. He returned to Holland in 1842 and studied at the Municipal Academy and later the Royal Academy of Art. He married Madalon Sophie Elisabeth Thooft on December 30 1852 at Zaltbommel and together they had four children. One of their sons Herman Frederik Carel ten Kate the younger became a notable anthropologist.
In 1856 he was made a ‘member of merit’ by the Academy of Rotterdam and during the 1860’s served for a number of years as president of the Amsterdam artists’ society Arti et Amicitiae. One of his patrons was King William III of the Netherlands whom he also became friends with.
After the death of his first wife, he married Carolina Henrietta Constantia Pierson on December 28, 1876 at Amsterdam. Ten Kate died at The Hague on 26 March 1891. His paintings can be found at Bury Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Newport Museum, Sheffield Museum, Stockport Heritage Services, St Petersburg Heritage Museum, Touchstones Rochdale and the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||14.5 inches x 22 inches (37cm x 56cm)|
|Framed Size||20.75 inches x 28.25 inches (53cm x 72cm)|