An Old Woman

Related Artist: Anthony Van Dyck (1599 - 1641)


Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

© Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge An Old Woman

Object details

Title

An Old Woman

Technique and support

Oil on panel

Dimensions

55.3 x 74.7 cm

Artist

Related artist

Anthony Van Dyck (1599 - 1641)

Most recent published attribution

Van Dyck [Larsen 1988]

Collection and provenance

Collection

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Inv. no.

PD.12-1961

Provenance

Sir John Neeld, Bt., Wiltshire, lent by him to the Royal Academy ‘Old Masters’ exhibition, 1877, as Rubens;
L. W. Neeld, his sale, Christie’s, London 9 June 1944 (25), as Rubens, bought by Weitzner;
Captain G. De Mahler, his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 17 May 1961, as Rubens, bought by the museum.

Literature

Literature

Larsen 1988, II, no. 37

Consult the bibliography

Panel reverse

Cradled or uncradled

Uncradled

Guild marks

Possible remnants of an Antwerp brand mark

Wax seals

Partial red wax seal

Labels

1. Label of the R.A. exhibition, 1877
2. Label of the Museum Galleries, 38 Piccadilly, W.1;
3. Christie’s stencil, 972 UJ

Dendrochronology

Genus of wood

Oak

Number of planks

3

Plank no. 1

Tree rings: 122
Dated: AD 1506 – 1611
Felled: After AD 1620 (terminus post quem)
Origin: Poland/Baltic states

Plank no. 2

Tree rings: 145
Dated: AD 1460 – 1604
Felled: After AD 1613 (terminus post quem)
Origin: Poland/Baltic states

Plank no. 3

Tree rings: 160
Dated: AD 1486 – 1645
Felled: After AD 1654 (terminus post quem)
Origin: Poland/Baltic states

Planks of the same tree

-

Date of investigation

15 May 2017

Dendro report no.

UK002/2020

Remarks

Remark

The portrait has been exhibited at the Fitzwilliam Museum as by Van Dyck, c. 1620 (on the opinions of J. S. Held and M. Jaffé), which is not possible as the last heart ring year of the third plank of the panel was found to be 1645. See the article by J. Vander Auwera in Issue 2 of the Jordaens Van Dyck Journal, attributing the portrait to Jordaens.

Author

Drs. Justin Davies

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