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341

Follower of Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Study for a woman's head

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 GBP

The Property of a European Private Collector

Follower of Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Follower of Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Study for a woman's head

Study for a woman's head

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 GBP

Lot sold:

37,800

GBP

The Property of a European Private Collector

Follower of Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Study for a woman's head


oil on canvas, unframed

42 x 32 cm.; 16½ x 12⅝ in.

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured. A degree of wear is visible throughout the paint surface, notably in the thinner areas in the woman's hair and around the shadows in and around her profile and neck. There is an area of discoloured retouching in her chest visible to the naked eye and in raking light it is also visible to see retouchings around all four margins and to an area in her hair lower left where the paint might possibly have been lifting previously. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the thick, opaque varnish though it is possible to discern the aforementioned interventions as well as possibly some small strengthenings in the woman's hair, and some small, scattered retouchings in her face. The painting is in overall fairly good condition.


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Comtesse Cornet de Ways-Ruart, Brussels;
Sale, Brussels, 1928 (according to Galen, see Literature).
Kunsthandel J. Goudstikker, Rubens-Tentoonstelling, Ten bate Van de Vereeniging 'Rembrandt' in de zalen van den Kunsthandel J. Goudstikker N.V., exh. cat., Amsterdam 1933, cat. no. 57, reproduced (as Rubens);
H. Vlieghe, Jan Boeckhorst, 1604–1668, Maler der Rubenszeit, exh. cat., Antwerp 1990, p. 64, reproduced p. 65, fig. 33 (as Boeckhorst);
M. Galen, Johann Boeckhorst, Gemälde und Zeichnungen, Hamburg 2012, p. 254, cat. no. Z 14, reproduced p. 253, fig. Z 14 (as Boeckhorst).
Amsterdam, Kunsthandel J. Goudstikker, Rubens-Tentoonstelling, August – September 1933, no. 57 (as Rubens).

This female head study is a copy after a painting by Rubens in the collection of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museum, Mannheim.1 Following his death, Rubens' original was enlarged and adapted by Jan Boeckhorst (1604–1668) to represent a woman reading. The present copy appears to be after Rubens' sketch, and prior to Boeckhorst's intervention.


This painting will be included in the forthcoming volume of the Corpus Rubenianum by Dr Nico van Hout: Study Heads, Part XX, 2, Turnhout 2021, under copies of Rubens' painting adapted by Boeckhorst.


1 https://artdone.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/barock-mannheim/peter-paul-rubens-jan-boeckhorst-portrait-of-a-reader-1st-half-17th-century-reiss-engelhorn-museen-mannheim/