Portrait of a Lady
Johannes Corneliszoon Verspronck (Dutch, 1606/9-1662)
On View

A gifted pupil of Frans Hals, Verspronck 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.


  • Artist Name: Johannes Corneliszoon Verspronck (Dutch, 1606/9-1662)
  • Title: Portrait of a Lady
  • 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

Object Information

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.

Exhibition of Works By the Old Masters

  • Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain), 1888-01 to 1888-03

Exhibition of a Selection of Works by Early and Modern Painters of the Dutch School

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Loan Exhibition of Pictures by Old Masters on behalf of the Royal Northern Hospital, Holloway

  • London, Galleries of Thos. Agnew & Sons, 1925-05 to 1925-06

[on loan]

  • Richmond, Virginia, Museum of Fine Arts, 1974-06-25 to 1974-12-16

Exhibition of Dutch Art 1450 - 1900

  • Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain), 1929-01 to 1929-03

Dutch Pictures, 1450-1750, Winter Exhibition

  • Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain), 1952-11-22 to 1953-03-01

Encountering the Dutch Likeness: Portraiture in 17th Century Holland

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-09-02 to 1996
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  • Anthony Speelman, A Tale of Two Monkeys – Adventures in the Art World, 2022, fig. 48 pp. 126-131, p. 129 (ill.)
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