Portrait of Hermanna van der Cruis

Hermanna van der Cruis (1615 - 1705) was the wife of Abraham van Suchtelen (1600 - 61), a burgomaster of Deventer. There are three versions of this portrait. This one was probably painted in the second half of the 1660s. The identification of the sitter rests on an inscription on the reverse of another version, formerly in the collection of Viscount d'Abernon. The third version is now in Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum).

The similarities in composition between this picture and ter Borch's 'Portrait of a Young Man' (also in the National Gallery's Collection) suggest that the artist had developed a formula for this type of small full-length portrait.

Key facts

Artist dates
1617 - 1681
Full title
Portrait of Hermanna van der Cruis
Date made
about 1665-9
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
71.9 x 57.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir Otto Beit, 1931
Inventory number
Location in Gallery