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Michiel Jonker: 20 August 1947 – 22 March 2014

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We were all deeply saddened to hear the news of the untimely death of the Dutch art historian Michiel Jonker on 22nd March 2014. Michiel who was 66 and his wife Ellinoor Bergveldt were familiar figures here at Dulwich, working since 2007 on the Dutch and Flemish Catalogue of the permanent collection, the second in the series that began with the late art historian John Ingamells’ catalogue of the British Pictures in our collection. The Gallery was hugely grateful to Michiel and Ellinoor for taking on the project and we were very lucky – Michiel was a curator of considerable experience, having worked for over 20 years at the Amsterdam Historiches Museum, followed by a prestigious four years as Head of Collections at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. On leaving the Mauritshuis he carried on as a freelance curator, and also acted as a dealer, specialising particularly in works on paper.

The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, Ian Dejardin said:

“The Dutch and Flemish Catalogue, when it is published, will bear witness to Michiel’s expertise, and carry his name: but no-one can have expected this great work to be his last.”