Louis-Michel Halbou, circa 1787–88, as Les Bohémiennes.
In the two 1820 sales this painting was described as a pendant to its consecutive lot, Sarah introducing Hagar to Abraham, by Netscher.2 The two pictures share the same early provenance; they were both in the collection of the Duc d'Orleans, but Sarah introducing Hagar to Abraham was not included in the 1816 sale (see Provenance). The pictures were separated as they were sold from the Wilkins collection, the present work was exchanged in 1829, its pendant sold in Wilkins' sale London, Christie's, 22 May 1830, lot 4.
There are two known copies of The Fortune Teller: one on canvas (56 x 46 cm) was sold Berlin, 16 October 1934, lot 298; and one black chalk drawing (410 x 340 mm.) was with Chaucer and Van Dam Galleries, London, 1981, as attributed to Willem van Mieris.
1 Weiseman 2002, p. 212, cat. no. 61, reproduced fig. 61
2 Weiseman 2002, p. 254, cat. no. 122, reproduced fig. 122.
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