The present drawing, which depicts a kneeling woman with her hands clasped in front of her, previously formed part of the highly distinguished collection of Old Master Drawings assembled by the Dutch art historian, I.Q. van Regteren Altena and, based on the model’s distinctive costume, can be broadly dated to circa 1640/45. The model employed by Backer and the very distinctive costume she wears can also be found in at least two other figure studies by the artist: Woman with her hand resting on a jug,2 in the British Museum and a Standing Woman,3 previously in an American a private collection.
1. Sumowski 1979, p. 78, no. 32x
2. Sumowski 1979, p. 72, no. 29x
3. Sumowski 1979, p. 66, no. 26x
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