The younger woman is presumably the couple's daughter. She grasps the stem of a rose bush in her left hand while the older woman holds a peach.

Jan Harmensz. Bijlert was born in Utrecht and he travelled to France and Italy. In Rome he was a founding member of the 'Bent', the society of Netherlandish painters. He returned to Utrecht in 1625 and became a prominent figure in the artists' guild there. He painted history scenes, genre subjects and portraits.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1598 - 1671
Full title
Portrait of an Elderly Man and Woman, and a Younger Woman, outside a House
Date made
probably 1660s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
127 x 101 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1889
Inventory number
NG1292
Location in Gallery