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Joseph van Geldern, born in Düsseldorf, was the eldest son of Gottschalk van Geldern and became a prominent physician like his father. He was attached to the court of Prince Karl Theodor of Bavaria. His sister was Betty Heine, née van Geldern (1771–1859), the mother of the poet Heinrich Heine. He died a year before Heinrich Heine's birth.
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Unknown Artist: Portrait of Joseph van Geldern, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 77.24.
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