Lot 93
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JAN THOPAS | Portrait of Cornelia Hessels

7,000 - 9,000 USD
11,875 USD
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  • Portrait of Cornelia Hessels
  • Black lead, black chalk and black ink wash on vellum;inscribed in brown ink, within the drawn cartouche: Cornelia Hessels Justi F.bears faint old attribution in black chalk, lower right, .......Mieris and numbering: 35


Victor Winthrop Newman (L.2540),
his sale, New York, Anderson Galleries, 2-3, February 1920, lot 137 (as Willem van Mieris);
Prof. Einar Perman, Stockholm, before 1953


Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Nationalmuseum and other Swedish Collections, 1953, no. 260;
Laren, Singer Museum, Oude Tekeningen uit de Nederlanden, Verzameling Prof. E. Perman, Stockholm, 1962, no. 114


W. Bernt, Die niederländischen Zeichner des 17. Jahrhunderts, Munich 1957-58, vol. II, no. 260, reproduced;
W. Bernt, Die niederländischen Maler und Zeichner des 17. Jahrhunderts, Munich 1979-80, vol. V, no. 565, reproduced;
R. Ekkart, Deaf, Dumb & Brilliant: Johannes Thopas, Master Draughtsman, exhib. cat., Aachen, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, 2014, pp. 65-71 and p. 120, no. 28, reproduced

Catalogue Note

This portrait of Cornelia Hessels (1586-1640) belongs to a series of similar works by Thopas, which has been dubbed the ‘Kerckrinck Series,’ and thought to have probably been commissioned by Theodorus Kerckrinck (1638-1693), a grandson of the sitter in the present work. Other drawings from the series; all depicting important Amsterdam citizens, are in the Albertina,1 the Rijksprentenkabinet2 and the Courtauld Institute3 and a further sheet, depicting Cornelia's husband, Godert Kerkrinck, was sold by Sotheby's in 2012,4 and is today in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The designs for the elaborate drawn frames seen on the drawings in this series, and others by Thopas, have sometimes been credited to the silversmith, Jan Lutma, but are likely by Thopas himself.

1. R. Ekkart, op. cit., pp. 119-121, nos. 26, 29 and 32, all reproduced
2. Ibid., p. 120, no. 30, reproduced
3. Ibid., p. 122, no. 34, reproduced
 Sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 July 2012, lot 117; Ibid., p. 119, no. 27, reproduced