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Biographical/Historical Information

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, 77.24.