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Jacob Willemsz. Delff the Younger

Portrait of a young lady holding a book, her hand resting on a table, three-quarter length

Jacob Willemsz. Delff the Younger

Jacob Willemsz. Delff the Younger

Portrait of a young lady holding a book, her hand resting on a table, three-quarter length

Portrait of a young lady holding a book, her hand resting on a table, three-quarter length

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Jacob Willemsz. Delff the Younger

Delft 1619 - 1661

Portrait of a young lady holding a book, her hand resting on a table, three-quarter length


signed, inscribed, and dated center right: Ætatis 24 / Ao 1645 / JDelff [JD in ligature]

oil on panel, unframed

panel: 41½ by 35¼ in.; 105.4 by 89.5 cm.

The panel consists of 3 planks joined vertically and is flat and cradled on the reverse. The image reads well beneath clear varnish with fine details in the costume retained and signature intact. Retouching is visible to the naked eye throughout the right half of the background as small unevenly colored strokes. A vertical stripe of lighter paint about 3 inches from the right edge runs the length of the painting. Under UV inspection, small strokes of recent retouching are visible throughout, with concentrated areas in the right background area, the details of the black dress, the face, and a few spots in the white collar. The retouching has all been well applied and the painting can hang in its present state. Offered unframed.


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Jacob Willemsz. Delff, a contemporary of the famous Johannes Vermeer, was the grandson and pupil of the great Dutch portraitist of the previous generation, Michiel van Mierevelt (1566–1641). According to Arnold Houbraken, his biggest commission came in 1654 when he was asked by the city to repair the grand militia group portrait by Mierevelt, which had been damaged in the gunpowder store explosion in Delft.