Portrait of a Young Woman

This portrait was at one time attributed to Rembrandt, from whose style it derives and whose false signature it bears. More recently, it was attributed to Willem Drost, one of Rembrandt's pupils between 1650–4, although it bears only a generic resemblance to works by that artist. There are several pentimenti (alterations made by the artist to an area already painted).

Key facts

Full title
Portrait of a Young Woman with her Hands Folded on a Book
Date made
probably about 1653-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
66 x 58.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Lord Colborne Bequest, 1854
Inventory number
Location in Gallery