Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair, Johannes Pieter de Frey;   attributed, after Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck;   attributed
Johannes Pieter de Frey, Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck
Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair
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Johannes Pieter de Frey attributed
afterJan Cornelisz. Verspronck attributed

Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair, 1790 – 1800


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468 x 357 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour, over black chalk or charcoal
Inventory Number
3881
Object Number
3881 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

In his brush drawing, Johannes Pieter de Frey strove to replicate Verspronck’s oil painting as closely as possible. Of particular note in both works is the exquisitely detailed execution of the ruff and lace cuffs. In contrast, the drapery of the black dress appears somewhat simplified in the copy. Moreover, the brush marks remain visible in the watercolour, whereas the finish of the oil painting is perfectly smooth. Was the copy produced at the request of the descendants of the sitter, whose identity has not come down to us? In the absence of information about the exact purpose of the copy, we can only assume that it was inspired by the desire to have a reproduction of a much-esteemed work of art. The painting was sold at auction in Amsterdam in 1814 as the work of the renowned Rembrandt pupil Govaert Flinck. It was probably with this attribution that De Frey copied it.

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Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair
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Watercolour, over black chalk or charcoal
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Verso bezeichnet unten links (mit der Feder in Schwarz): J: De Frey na f:Hals.
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
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  • IV [Fragment]

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Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
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26.01.2023