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Gerard Dou

Young woman playing at a clavichord, ca. 1665
Dulwich (London), Dulwich Picture Gallery, [..]
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Illustration number 1001338960
Dimensions: 526x650 pixels
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Illustration number 1001162132
Dimensions: 514x650 pixels
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Illustration number 1001162126
Dimensions: 526x650 pixels
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Object information
Object category
painting
Support/medium
panel (oak), oil paint
(Sophia Plender:) Single-member oak panel. There is a damaged seal (possibly of Bourgeois) on the back. Pale green-grey ground. There are small pentimenti, including a tassel hanging from the crimson cushion and a fold under the right hand page of the music. Infra red photography has revealed a metal ewer underneath the tablecloth, indicating that the composition of the still-life in this area changed somewhat during execution. The paint surface is in good condition, with slight wear and some small restored losses. Previous recorded treatment: 1936, woodworm holes filled; 1967, reframed after burglary; 1989, cleaned and restored. Apparently not signed or dated. The 1947 catalogue mentioned that there was a ‘GDov’ signature (GD as monogram), but that could not be found in 1976. In general the painting is a bit rubbed, which shows especially in the face of the girl: in the UV photograph the outline of the face is sharper. An infrared photograph shows changes in the table on the right: originally there was a ewer, as in Lady at her Toilet in Rotterdam (RKD, no. 25041), which is also depicted on the shutters around the Dropsical Woman in the Louvre (RKD, no. 228993). The composition is similar to that of Lady at her Toilet (RKD, no. 25041), so the rather indistinct space in the background of DPG56 is probably here also meant as a wall covered with decorated leather, as is visible in the UV photograph.
Shape/dimensions
rectangle (portrait format) 37,7 x 29,8 cm
Signature/inscription
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
  • seal in verso
    Seal on the back of the painting possibly of Sir Francis Bourgeois
Current attribution
Gerard Dou
Rejected attribution
after Gerard Dou
Jameson 1842
Pieter van Slingelandt
Denning 1858 (in Denning 1859 it was Gerard Dou again)
Date
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c. 1665 (1664 - 1665)
Martin 1913, Baer 1990, Baer et al. 2000: because it was probably shown at an exhibition in 1665 in Leiden
Artistically related
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Provenance
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Visual documentation
Creation date: 2014-08-19; Last modified date: 2022-07-05

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