Portrait of a Lady

The identity of this sitter is unknown. She is seated in a garden in front of a fountain in the shape of a putto holding up a ewer. The orange blossom in her hand refers to her allegiance to the House of Orange and the bas-relief of embracing cupids suggests that this is a marriage portrait.

This is a characteristic example of Netscher's many small-scale portraits painted in The Hague in the 1670s and early 1680s.

Key facts

Artist dates
1635/6 - 1684
Full title
Portrait of a Lady
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
78.5 x 62 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by J.J. Humphrey Johnstone, 1935
Inventory number
Location in Gallery