The collection of paintings, drawings, etchings and prints comprises 4018 items of which 2622 are drawings by the 19th century Dutch painter, Marinus Reus (1865-1938). There are numerous oil paintings by Dutch painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, such as landscapes by Salomon Leonardus Verveer (1813-1876), A H Bakkerkorff (1824-1882), J Bles (1825-1875), J H L de Haas (1832-1908), as well as 45 large etchings by Cor Brandenburg (1884-1954), 37 drawings and etchings by Louis Apol (1850-1936), 34 drawings by Bernardus Cornelis Noltee (1903-1967) and 16 etchings of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) by a number of his students such as Martinus van den Enden and Cornelius Galle II.
This collection also consists of 127 watercolours by the twentieth century Italian painter, Giulio Falzoni (1900-1978), as well as a number of lithographs by his son Giordano Falzoni, a large number of 19th century prints and an oil painting by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). This painting, ’Portrait of an old Jew’, which was discovered in Paris in 1926, is described by A Bredius in his book ’Rembrandt Skilderijen’ . Van Tilburg bought this painting in Paris in 1942 from the collection of E Warneck. In 1971 H Gerson, however, attributed it to the 18th century painter, Gebrandt van den Eeckhout as a copy of Rembrandt, but after extensive tests were recently done it has passed them all to confirm that it is a work by the great master.
Other noteworthy paintings in the Van Tilburg Collection are ’The Flight into Egypt’ by Nicolaes Cornelisz Moeyaert (1595-1656), a seascape by Abraham Storck (1635-1710), a large seascape by Johannes Heppener (1826-1898), a landscape with cattle by Balthasar Ommeganck (1755-1826) which is dated 1779 and a number of antique Chinese paintings painted on silk.
Although this magnificent collection is at present open to public viewing, one can only look forward to a time when the collection will be exhibited in its entirety so that the viewer can admire the true scope of this cultural treasure.