Portrait of older man holding a dried herring. The fish is cropped out of the image.

Detail of Frans Hals, (Dutch, 1581–1666), Peiter Cornelisz. van der Morsch, 1616. Oil on canvas, transferred from panel.

Northbrook Provenance Research

This project documents the art collection of the Earls of Northbrook and their Baring family predecessors.

For inquiries about the CMOA Digital Provenance Standard and the research presented here, please contact us for more information.

Landscape painting depicting a natural rock formation with shepherd and dog in foreground

About the Project

Learn how this extraordinary collection became a case study for structuring provenance data.

Collage of cropped artworks from the Northbrook Collection

Search the Collection

Filter over 500 provenance records of the collection of the Earls of Northbrook and their predecesors.

Data visualization with map of Europe and a timeline of key events starred along the bottom edge

Timeline of Events

The timeline details events from the Baring family and the Northbrook Collection.

Weathered and worn handwritten note detailing the history of ownership of an artwork

Unraveling the Mystery of the ‘Laughing Boy’ Painting

By Tracey Berg-Fulton

Detail portrait of young boy with olive leaves in hair

Chemist Reinvents Himself as Art Detective

By Marylynne Pitz

Grid of cropped images from the CMOA collection

Divine Provenance: Tracking the Northbrook Collection

By Cristina Rouvalis


This project is supported by a grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

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The Art Tracks Digital Provenance Project is made possible, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Richard C. von Hess Foundation.