The sitter has not been identified; she wears pearls at her wrist, neck and in her head-dress, and holds a fan. The arms on the escutcheon at the top left of the portrait are apparently those of the Gillon family, Barons of Basseghem, near Bruges. Judging by the diamond shape of the escutcheon, the sitter is an unmarried lady or a widow.

The picture may be by an Amsterdam painter.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
Portrait of a Lady with a Fan
Date made
1647
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
84.8 x 69.9 cm
Inscription summary
Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lt.-Col. J.H. Ollney, 1837
Inventory number
NG140
Location in Gallery