Physical Dimensions: overall: 29.3 x 23.2 cm (11 9/16 x 9 1/8 in.)
framed: 46.7 x 40.6 x 5.7 cm (18 3/8 x 16 x 2 1/4 in.)
Provenance: C.J.G. Bredius, Woerden, by 1918. (M. Knoedler & Co., New York and Paris); sold 30 January 1929 to Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh and Washington; deeded 28 June 1937 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1940 to NGA.
 According to Hans Schneider, "Ein neues Bild von Frans Fals," _Kunstchronik und Kunstmarkt_ 30 (1918-1919), 368, Bredius acquired this sketch for 60 florins as part of an inheritance. The painting was at that time attributed to Jan Miense Molenaer. The attribution to Hals was made by Abraham Bredius, who persuaded his relative to lend the painting for a while to the Mauritshuis. Later references to earlier owners Van der Hoop and Slochteren (see Seymour Slive, _Frans Hals_, 3 vols., London and New York, 1970-1974, 3: 41-42, no. 66) cannot be confirmed.
Medium: oil on panel
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