|Title||Portrait of a Lady|
|Alternative Title||Dutch Lady in a Large Hat|
|Collection||Holburne Museum of Art, Bath|
|Artist|| Vliet, Hendrik Cornelisz. van (Dutch painter, ca.1611-1675)
Previously attributed to Dutch School
Previously attributed to Vliet, Willem Willemsz. van der (Dutch painter, ca.1584-1642)
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1640|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1640|
|Description||This unknown lady, who seems to gaze quizzically at the viewer, may have been a citizen of Delft where Hendrik van Vliet lived and worked. She is attired in a black dress with a wide lace collar, has a distinctive large-brimmed hat and wears a ring with a gemstone as a pendant. The portrait probably dates from the period in which Hendrik van Vliet specialised in portraiture, before he turned his hand to painting church interiors about 1650. It is believed that Hendrik van Vliet trained with his uncle Willem van der Vliet, to whom this painting was attributed in the past.|
|Current Accession Number||A247|
|Subject||portrait (lady, woman)|
|Measurements||75.5 x 63 cm.0 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by Miss Mary Anne Barbara Holburne 1882.|
|Provenance||Sir Thomas William Holburne, by 1867-74; by descent to Mary Anne Barbara Holburne (1802-1882), 1874.|
|Publications||Catalogue of the Pictures and Library, Engravings, Etchings and Miniatures Belonging to Sir Thomas William Holburne, Bart., Bath, 1867, cat. no. 257, p. 10, as A Dutch Lady, unattributed; Chaffers, W., Catalogue of the Holburne of Menstrie Art Museum Bath, London, 1887, cat. no. 1576, p. 78, as A Dutch Lady, unattributed; Moeckler, F., Holburne of Menstrie Art Museum, Bath, 1902, cat. no. 112 [?], p. 4, as Portrait of a Lady by unknown artist, or cat. no. 51 [?] as Portrait of a Lady, circa 1550 by unknown artist; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c. 1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 216.|
Inscription and stencil on reverse of canvas, red paint: 'H. 3451 / HOLBURNE / BATH / MUSEUM'; inscribed on back of frame, chalk: '1576'; inscribed on back of stretcher, chalk: '1576'; modern labels on reverse of frame and stretcher; inscribed on reverse of frame, pencil: '3380'.
H. A. Buttery attributed to 'unknown [artist]. School of Van Dyck. Not worth repairing', 1906; attributed in museum records to Wilhelm van der Vliet, by 1919; attributed by Christopher Wright to Hendrik Cornelisz. van Vliet, 1987.
Inscription on front of frame: 'SOFONISBA ANGOSCIOLA'.
|Rights Owner||© The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath|
|Author||Dr Susan Steer|