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Portrait of a Lady

Cornelis de Vos, a member of the Antwerp Painters’ Guild, was a portraitist much influenced by his contemporaries, Rubens and Van Dyck. This portrait, together with a portrait of a man (see P18), were bought as pendants by Sir Richard Wallace from the dealer Nieuwenhuys in 1872. The pictures were previously thought to represent the artist’s brother, the animal painter Paul de Vos, and his wife, Isabella Waerbeke, whose portrait by Van Dyck is also in the collection (see P16). Subsequent research has shown, however, that the two pictures are unrelated. They are of differing dimensions and show unrelated backgrounds with the sitters placed at different levels. The present picture can be dated on stylistic grounds to c.1622 and probably shows a member of the prosperous Antwerp middle class seated in the artist’s own room.
c. 1621 - c. 1622
Oil on panel
122.8 x 91.8cm
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