Lot 25
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Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck

60,000 - 80,000 USD
161,000 USD
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  • Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck
  • Portrait of a lady
  • indistinctly signed middle right: J. Verspronck....
  • oil on canvas
  • 28 x 21 1/4 inches


Anonymous sale, New York, Parke-Bernet, 6 March 1975, lot 42.


New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Style and Substance : Frans Hals in the Metropolitan Museum, Summer 2011. 


R. Ekkart, Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck : leven en werken van een Haarlems portretschilder uit de 17de eeuw, exhibition catalogue, Haarlem 1979, cat. no. 46, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

Verspronck lived and worked in Haarlem as a portrait painter with the greater part of his work executed just after he matriculated into the Guild of Saint Luke in 1632 and 1655. Although little is known about his formal artistic background and training, it is possible that he worked in the studio of Frans Hals. Certainly, this elegant Portrait of a lady owes much to Hals in its rich and varied use of black hues. Along with Hals, Verspronck dominated the portrait market in Haarlem for the vast majority of his career.

Though undated, this impressive canvas recalls various portraits by Versponck from the mid 1640s, both in handling, pose, and dress. In his Portrait of Adriana Croes (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, inv. SK-A-4998) the sitter wears a similarly elaborate cartwheel ruff set into figure of eight pleats. Both this portrait and that of Croes also illustrate Verspronck's popularity among the Haarlem elite, owing to their upper class dress and ornamentation.