Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Rotterdam circa 1620 - 1676
PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN, HALF-LENGTH, HOLDING A BOOK
signed and dated centre left: Jać Lois: fecit 1650
oil on panel
unframed: 71 x 59.4 cm.; 27¾ x 23¼ in.
framed: 93 x 82 cm.; 36½ x 32¼ in.
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The panel is cradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is clear and even. Two vertical lines of discoloured retouching are visible running the height of the panel, each approximately 10 cm from either margin, which correspond to repaired splits or joins. Other small spot retouchings are scattered in the background, most notably in the centre of the left margin and in the upper left corner. Inspection under UV light confirms these and further reveals spot retouchings scattered throughout the sitter's face and in the dark folds of her head scarf. The painting is in overall fair condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 20 December 1906, lot 82;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 2 July 1917, lot 93;
Private collection, Italy;
From whom acquired by A.E. 'Chick' Austin, Director of Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1930;
Private collection, United States;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 12 January 1995, lot 26, where acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 91.
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The Connoisseur, vol. 39, no. 156, August 1914, p. 261, reproduced;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 160-63, cat. no. 38, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 96, cat. no. 91, reproduced in colour.
Jacob Lois spent his entire life in Rotterdam, where he is recorded not only as a painter and an architect, but also as a notable collector of paintings. His relatively small body of work is comprised mainly of portraits and religious subjects. A comparable pair of strongly-lit and half-length portraits by Lois, dated 1645, can be found today in Rotterdam in the Het Schielandshuis.1