This is one of only a handful of portraits known to have been executed by Edwaert Collier, an artist best known for his still-life paintings. The likely pendant to this work, A Portrait of a Lady, Standing Half Length, Wearing a Black Dress
, correlates in both size and composition and was sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam in 2004.1
We are grateful to Sabine Craft-Giepmans of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague, for endorsing the attribution of this lot on the basis of photographs
1. See Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 15 March 2004, lot 35. Another example was sold, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 5 November 2002, lot 109.