Portrait of Geertruyt Spiegel with a Finch

The girl has recently been identified as Geertruyt Spiegel, who was born in Amsterdam in October 1635, the daughter of Elbert Dircksz. Spiegel and Petronella Roeters. The couple had five daughters and commissioned portraits of them in the guise of the five senses from Santvoort. Gertruyt is shown with a finch on her hand as a representation of the sense of Touch.

The portraits of the other four daughters are in museums in Cleveland and Rodez and in private collections.

The date has been damaged but the last digit can be read in infra-red photographs and is almost certainly a 9.

Key facts

Artist dates
1610/11 - 1680
Full title
Portrait of Geertruyt Spiegel with a Finch
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
62.7 x 50 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Tilson Lee, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery