Acquired from the above by Comte Eric de Villegas de Clercamp in 1961 or 1962;
His posthumous sale ('Property from the Estate of Comte Eric de Villegas de Clercamp’), London, Sotheby’s, 11 December 2003, lot 6, where acquired by the present owner.
Of the several different variants of this subject treated by the Master of the Female Half-lengths, this picture most closely resembles that in the collection of the Fürsten zu Salm-Salm at Anholt.1 However, the Magdalene's headdress is more elaborate in the present picture, and the details of the lower half of her torso are quite different.
1. See M.J. Friedlander, Early Netherlandish Painting, vol. XII, Leiden 1975, p. 98, no. 83, reproduced pl. 41.
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