Dutch, 1639 - 1684

Young Girl

Date: ca. 1660

Several visual clues help identify the young woman who dominates this portait as a comfortable member of the Dutch middle class. Her understated, yet expensive, costume is composed of a satin underdress with a finely woven black wool jacket as well as a high-quality (and costly) lace collar. The richly upholstered Turkey work chair (a chair whose embroidered seat and back imitate the patterns of highly desirable imported Turkish carpets) with its elaborately turned legs is also an item of status.

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Medium: Oil on panel

Inscriptions: Signed on chair: “C. Netscher..fec.”

Dimensions: H: 16 1/4 x W: 11 1/2 in.

Accession: 0121

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Portraits

Tags: Women , Youth , Oil , Canvas

Purchased October 7, 1968 from Newhouse Galleries. From the collections of A. Helmsley, London, England; and Henri Leroux, Paris, France. Reproduced in "20,000 Years of Fashion, the History of Costume and Personal Adornment", by Francois Boucher, page 268, figure 625, "C. Netscher: Young Girl, circa 1660. Collection H. Leroux."