An Old Woman

Related Artist: Anthony Van Dyck (1599 - 1641)

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

© Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge An Old Woman

Object details


An Old Woman

Technique and support

Oil on panel


55.3 x 74.7 cm


Related artist

Anthony Van Dyck (1599 - 1641)

Most recent published attribution

Jordaens [Vander Auwera 2021]

Collection and provenance


Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Inv. no.



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.



Larsen 1988, II, no. 37, as Van Dyck;
Vander Auwera 2021, pp. 92-7, as Jordaens.

Consult the bibliography

Panel reverse

Cradled or uncradled


Guild marks

Possible remnants of an Antwerp brand mark

Wax seals

Partial red wax seal


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


Genus of wood


Number of planks


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.




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.


Drs. Justin Davies

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