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Portrait of a woman; study for a portrait of an unknown woman, half-length almost to left, with shoulder-length wavy hair, holding a curtain back with her right hand, her left on the frame of the drawing. c.1644
Verso: laid down on eighteenth-century mat.
No watermark visible.
- Production date
- 1644 (circa)
Height: 135 millimetres
Width: 108 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)
- Curator's comments
- Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.2:
Although formerly given to Cornelis Schut, Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck, the style seems characteristic of van den Eeckhout. The execution has been compared with the 'Woman at a Dressing Table' in Dublin (Sumowski 606), the hands with the 'Portrait of a young Man' in Weimar (Sumowski 617), and the costume with the 'Bearded Man with Cap' in Leiden, (Sumowski 723x). The composition seems to reflect Rembrandt's 'Portrait of Agatha Bas' of 1641 in Buckingham Palace (Bredius 360, Corpus A145) and in the curtain, pose and balustrade generally anticipate the layout of Eeckhout's own painted 'Portrait of Cornelia Dedel' of 1644, although the figure is there older and seen half-length (private collection, Sumowski, 'Gemälde', II, no.521, repr.).
 See Lit. below and the inscriptions on the mat. The attribution to Flinck was made by Lugt (notes in the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague).
 The attribution made by Sumowski (see Lit. below), who advanced the comparisons noted here.
London, IV, 1931, p.141, no. Add.5 (Bol?); Sumowski, 1979 etc., III, 1980, no.721x, repr. (Eeckhout, early 1640s; see above).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, not in catalogue as Eeckhout.
- Somewhat creased and with a few minor stains; trimmed slightly irregularly; top right corner made up.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Possibly sold at Jonathan Richardson, junior's sale, Langford's, 5 etc. February, 1772, 2nd day, 6 February, lot 75: ‘Seven by Corn. Schut, Eras. Guellinus, Leo. Bramer, & c.’; Robert Udny (L.2248; no matching description found in his sale catalogue, London, Philipe, 4-10 May, 1803); Charles Fairfax Murray (see verso inscription); his sale, Christie's, 30 January and 2 February, 1920, from lot 150: ‘C. Schut: Venus and Nymphs; A study of Heads, by Rubens; the Adoration of the Magi, by Bloemaert; and A Study of a Female Figure; & c.’ (7 drawings), bought Meatyard, £11; purchased from F.R. Meatyard, 1920 (as anon. school of Rembrandt, F. Bol?, c.1640).
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