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Portrait of a Middle-Aged Woman with Hands Folded
Frans Hals

The sitter has in the past been identified as the wife of the man in 'Portrait of Man in his Thirties', but the two works do not appear to be pendants. The costume is of the early 1630s but it is possible that an older woman would still have worn it at a later date. The portrait has been dated to the second half of this decade, by comparison with works such as the 'Portrait of a Woman' of 1639 (Ghent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten).

The painting is probably cut down at the sides and bottom.

Key facts
Artist Frans Hals
Artist dates 1582/3 - 1666
Full title Portrait of a Middle-Aged Woman with Hands Folded
Date made about 1635-40
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 61.4 x 47 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought (Lewis Fund), 1876
Inventory number NG1021
Location in Gallery Room 23
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