A Little Girl with a Basket of Cherries

The sitter has not been identified, but her dress dates the portrait to the 1570s. Around her neck she wears a piece of coral, a common gift to children, believed to protect them from evil; the carnations on her headdress may serve them same purpose, but the reason she carries the cherries is unknown.

The artist is close to Martin de Vos, who was working in Antwerp at this period.

Key facts

Artist dates
1532 - 1603
Full title
A Little Girl with a Basket of Cherries
Date made
probably 1575-80
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
80.4 × 52.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Elizabeth Carstairs, 1952
Inventory number
Location in Gallery