Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady
Artist:
Johannes Corneliszoon Verspronck (Dutch, 1606/9-1662)
Date:
1641
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
31-1/8 x 26-1/8 in. (79.1 x 66.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1973.34.2.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View
Description

A gifted pupil of Frans Hals, Versponck was at his best as a portraitist of women and children. This portrait presumably represents Trijntgen Adamsdr., wife of Haarlem painter Thomas Wyck. The formality of the dark dress and starched linen collar enhances and frames the lively expression of the sitter, whose glance is warm and engaging. The rich fabric of her dress, in combination with her deep lace cuffs and gold embroidered bodice, firmly establishes the lady's wealth and social standing among the Dutch middle class. Her image reflects the Dutch pride and confidence in their new nation's prosperity and stability.

Provenance:

David Sellar, London (Paris, 6 June 1889, lot 90).
Stephenson R. Clarke, Haywards Heath (Christie's, London, 29 June 1973, lot 17).
[Edward Speelman, London];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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