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Circle of Sir Anthony van Dyck

Portrait of an elegant woman, half length, in a black dress with pearls

Property Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the San Diego Museum of Art

Circle of Sir Anthony van Dyck

Circle of Sir Anthony van Dyck

Portrait of an elegant woman, half length, in a black dress with pearls

Portrait of an elegant woman, half length, in a black dress with pearls

Property Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the San Diego Museum of Art

Circle of Sir Anthony van Dyck

Portrait of an elegant woman, half length, in a black dress with pearls


oil on canvas

canvas: 29 ½ by 24 ⅜ in.; 74.9 by 61.9 cm.

framed: 40 by 35 ⅛ in.; 101.6 by 89.2 cm. 

The canvas is unlined and stable on its stretcher. The overall image reads well under a clear varnish. There is a small collection of spots in the lower right of either old paint or residue from the varnish. Under UV inspection, the varnish appears milky with a greenish tint and scattered signs of re-touching throughout the background. The painting can be hung in its present state. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.


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This arresting portrait was likely painted by an artist close to Sir Anthony van Dyck. The costume of the elegant sitter seems to date the work to the late 1630s, and she bears some similarities to the sitters found in two works by Van Dyck, including his portrait of LadyCholmondeley1 and one said to be of Lady Dacre.2


1. https://rkd.nl/explore/images/66052. S. Barnes, et. al.Van Dyck, A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven and London, 2004, pp. 489-490, cat. no. IV.76.

2.  https://rkd.nl/explore/images/66093. Barnes 2004, pp. 493-494, cat. no. IV.82.