• Title: Self-Portrait
  • Date Created: c. 1630
  • Physical Dimensions: w651 x h746 cm (overall)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss
  • External Link: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Theme: portrait, self
  • School: Dutch
  • Provenance: Possibly the painting in four London sales between 1810 and 1812.[1] E.M. Grainger, Hastings, Sussex. (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 16 April 1926, no. 115); purchased by E. Smith, probably for a London dealer.[2] private collection, New York, in 1928.[3] (Ehrich Galleries, New York); purchased 9 May 1929 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Washington, D.C.;[4] gift 1949 to NGA. [1] Burton Fredericksen, in a letter of 12 December 2002 to Arthur Wheelock (in NGA curatorial files), suggests that the NGA painting is possibly the one, described as a portrait by Frans Hals of his daughter sitting at her easel, that appeared at a series of four sales in London between 1810 and 1812. Fredericksen writes that the lack of recorded dimensions, the low price at which the painting was bought in, and the fact that it was part of a group of minor paintings prevent a firm conclusion, although paintings by Hals did not bring high prices at the beginning of the nineteenth century. For the first three sales, the painting was described as The Portrait of F. Hals' Daughter by F. Hals; for the fourth sale it was The Painter's Daughter at her easel, also by Hals. The sales are as follows: consigned by a Dr. Biam (or Byam) along with four other paintings to Christie's, London, 7 July 1810, no. 161, bought in; the same consignor to Christie's, London, 8 March 1811, no. 65, bought in; consigned by "Pritchard" to Christie's, London, 19 April 1811, no. 157; anonymous consignor to Peter Coxe, London, 3 June 1812, no. 28, bought in. [2] Information on this purchaser is from an annotated copy of the 1926 sale catalogue, and various articles in London papers giving the sale results; copies in NGA curatorial files. [3] The owner of the painting is identified in this way in Wilhelm R. Valentiner, "Rediscovered Paintings by Frans Hals," Art in America 16 (1928): 239, fig. 2. [4] The purchase date is in the donor's collection records for the painting, in NGA curatorial files.
  • Artist: Judith Leyster

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