In 17th-century Holland it was usual to drape tables with Turkish carpets, as here, on the right. The tapestry hanging on the back wall appears to show Hagar in the Wilderness. Probably painted in the early 1670s, this painting belongs to a group of works by the artist from these years, in which the same costumes are worn and the same basin and ewer appear.

Ochtervelt is said to have been a pupil of Nicolaes Berchem (1620 - 1683) at the same time as Pieter de Hooch (1629 - 1684).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1634 - 1682
Full title
A Young Lady trimming her Fingernails, attended by a Maidservant
Date made
probably 1670-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
74.6 x 59 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2553
Location in Gallery