An Old Woman with a Book

This type of subject is derived from Gerrit Dou's so-called 'niche' paintings, with an interior seen through an aperture (for example, 'A Poulterer's Shop', also in the National Gallery's Collection).

This painting has been dated to about 1660 on the basis of a comparison with the 'Hunter in a Niche' of 1661 (The Hague, Mauritshuis). It has been suggested that this picture was painted as a pair to 'The Apothecary' (Paris, Louvre). Both were in the Braamcamp collection, but the dimensions and a description of 1766 make it clear that the pictures were not pendants.

Key facts

Artist dates
1629 - 1667
Full title
An Old Woman with a Book
Date made
about 1660
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
31.6 x 27.3 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery