Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Dordrecht 1630 - 1674
AN OLD WOMAN IN PRAYER
oil on canvas
unframed: 66.2 x 51.1 cm.; 26⅛ x 20⅛ in.
framed: 79.5 x 65 cm.; 31¼ x 25½ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is clear and even. There is a degree of wear visible throughout, and seemingly slight bitumenisation in the craquelure in the tail of the woman's turban to her left. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals recent restoration, which consists of fine strokes throughout the background and in the darks of the woman's waistcoat. Although the varnish fluoresces opaquely, the woman's turban, hands and face appear to be untouched. In overall fair condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 6 July 1988, lot 233, when acquired.
W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, vol. VI, Landau 1983, p. 3692, cat. no. 2190, reproduced p. 3774;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 36–39, cat. no. 6, reproduced in colour.
Cornelis Bisschop was the pupil of Ferdinand Bol, a close associate and pupil of Rembrandt van Rijn, and it is presumed he entered his studio in Amsterdam sometime in the late 1640s. He was married in Dordrecht in 1653, and had eleven children, of whom Abraham and Jacobus became painters. Shortly before his death he was invited to go to Denmark as court painter. His portraits and tronies, such as the present work, show the influence of Nicolaes Maes, another Dordrecht painter working in Amsterdam, whom he likely knew.