The sitter has not been identified. Both the style and the costume (particularly the collar) suggest a date in the second half of the 1640s. At that time Bol's portraiture still displayed the strong influence of Rembrandt's work. The pentimenti (alterations made by the artist to areas already painted) in the fan suggest that the artist adjusted the composition slightly during the execution of the painting.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1616 - 1680
Full title
A Lady with a Fan
Date made
about 1645-50
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
83.5 x 69.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Miss A.M. Philips, 1946
Inventory number
NG5656
Location in Gallery