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Probably by Rembrandt, Portrait of Margaretha de Geer, Wife of Jacob Trip

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Full title Portrait of Margaretha de Geer, Wife of Jacob Trip
Artist Probably by Rembrandt
Artist dates 1606 - 1669
Date made 1661
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 75.3 × 63.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Presented by the Art Fund, 1941
Inventory number NG5282
Location Room 22
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Portrait of Margaretha de Geer, Wife of Jacob Trip
Probably by Rembrandt

Margaretha de Geer was married to Jacob Trip – an extremely wealthy merchant and arms dealer – for nearly 60 years. Rembrandt painted large-scale likenesses of each, which were originally designed to hang together. Both are now in the National Gallery.

This smaller portrait of Margaretha was painted at about the same time, in 1661. It is dated and signed ‘Rembrandt’, but technical analysis and some differences between the way that this and the larger portrait were painted have raised questions about authorship. Although it is a convincing likeness painted with great skill, the signature is not authentic, and this has led some to think this may be a contemporary or slightly later version of Rembrandt’s original. But the painting is of such high quality that this is not a satisfying solution to the problem either.

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