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Jan Gossaert (Jean Gossart), 'An Elderly Couple'

  1. Introduction
  2. Provenance
  3. Exhibitions and version
  4. Technical notes
  5. Description
  6. The identities of the sitters
  7. Attribution and date

Exhibitions and version

Exhibitions

London BI 1824 (28); London BI 1837(5); London BI 1839 (22); London BI 1848 (88); Derby 1870 (184); London RA 1879 (219); NG 1939 (no catalogue); NG 1947 (33); Rotterdam-Bruges 1965 (28); NG 1975 (16); NG 1977–8 (not numbered); NG 2008–9 (50); New York 2010–11 (53); NG 2011 (53).

Version

Richard Fferris, M.D., and Catherine Fferris

fig.1 Copy after Jean Gossart, version of NG1689, support not identified, 23 x 35.5 cm, sold in Edinburgh, Dowell’s, 28 April 1917 (111) © Photo The National Gallery, London

A version of poor quality and uncertain date, measuring 9 x 14 in., 23 x 35.5 cm, was sold at Dowell’s in Edinburgh on 28 April 1917 (111), as ‘Flemish School’ (fig.1). Above the sitters are the inscriptions: ‘RICHARD FFERRIS MD/ CATHERINE FFERRIS/ 1559’.4

Further Sections

4. See the sale catalogue; the inscriptions are not completely legible in the accompanying reproduction.
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