The aim of the foundation is formulated in article 2 of its statutes:

The aim of the foundation is to give greater publicity within the Netherlands to the work of the well-known nineteenth-century painter Cornelis Kruseman (1797-1857) and his painting family members. The foundation tries to reach this goal by:

  • encouraging scientific research by, among other things, awarding incentive prizes for papers and reports;
  • making resources available to restore paintings made primarily by Cornelis Kruseman and optionally by his painting family members;
  • at a later stage, finding an appropriate location to permanently exhibit acquired works of Cornelis Kruseman and optionally works of his painting family members;
  • acquiring funds and donations to allow the above-mentioned activities to be carried out.

The policy plan focusses on four aspects, including:

  • scientific research;
  • a purchasing policy with regard to drawings and paintings;
  • restoration of works
  • building up and maintaining a public collection.

The most recent version of the policy plan will be forwarded upon request.


On 26 January 1971, Ms Jozina Maria Cornelia Ising (19 July 1899-6 October 1996), a descendant of Cornelis Kruseman’s brother Johannes Diederik Kruseman (16 March 1794-13 January 1861), donated a number of privately-owned family portraits to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. These included the following works:

  • a large group portrait of three sisters, who were daughters of Cornelis Kruseman’s brother Johannes Diederik Kruseman, painted by Cornelis Kruseman in 1848;
  • a portrait of C.G.C.F. Ising, painted by Cornelis Kruseman;
  • a portrait of Cornelis Kruseman, painted in Rome by L.J. Brüls (1803-1882)
  • a small silhouette portrait of D. Ross, grandfather of the three above-mentioned Kruseman sisters;
  • a portrait of Ms J.M.C. Ising, at first attributed to Willem Ising*

*Research carried out by the then Netherlands Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst showed that this portrait was actually painted by W. van Wulften Palthe.

In the summer of 1996, Ms Ising decided to set up a foundation to leave her fortune to and to give more publicity to Cornelis Kruseman’s work. She entered into consultation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands to make sure that the portraits she donated would be owned by this newly-established foundation. The portraits she donated to the Kingdom of the Netherlands are now in poor condition and evidently in need of restoration. The Kingdom of the Netherlands finally decided to grant the foundation the long-term loan of the portraits. Ms Ising died on 6 October 1996.


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