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A lady on her death-bed with a gentleman standing by; green curtains surrounding, a small book and a candlestick on a table at left, the man dressed in black, holding his hat to his hip with his left hand and pointing with his right to the body. 1601
Bodycolour and grey wash, heightened with gold, over black chalk, on vellum
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Height: 207 millimetres
Width: 286 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The standing man was previously erroneously identified by Popham the artist himself (and thus as a self-portrait) while the woman could be his mother; see also S. Colvin, 'Guide to an Exhibition of Drawings and Engravings, exh.cat. The British Museum, London, 1895, cat.no.330. The woman was later also identified as Louise de Coligny, fourth wife of William the Silent. Van Regteren Altena, however, identifies the man as Georg Eberhard von Solms and the woman as Walburgis, Countess of Nieuwenaar and Meurs who died childless and left part of her possessions to Solms in 1600. She left the estate of Meurs to Prince Maurice.
De Gheyn must have made this miniature on vellum based on an older drawing, made from life at the woman's death-bed in 1600. The pen and ink sheet is now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, inv.no.RP-T-1898-A-3963; see Van Regteren Altena, cat.no.698; K.G. Boon, 'Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries in the Rijksmuseum', Amsterdam, 1978, cat.no.232. De Gheyn either drew the portrait of Solms from life or used a separate portrait print or drawing to complete the finished drawing.
Literature: I.Q. van Regteren Altena, "Jacques de Gheyn, Three Generations", 1983, cat.no.699; A.W.F.M. Meij, 'Jacques de Gheyn II als tekenaar', exh.cat. Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam and National Gallery of Art Washington, 1985-1986, cat.no.37.
The 1990 Treasures Exhibition label text:
Signed and dated 1601. The Countess died childless in 1600, leaving a considerable part of her estate to the Count of Solms.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985/6 Dec-Feb, Rotterdam, 'De Gheyn', no. 37
1986 March-May, Washington, NGA, 'De Gheyn', no. 37
1990 April-Aug, BM, 'Treasures of P&D' (no cat.)
1993/4 Dec-March, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 'Northern Netherlandish Art', no.260
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