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ID number:  BIRBI-50.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Follower of Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640)
Title / Object name:  Head of a young woman
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  between 1640/50
Materials:  Oil on wood
Measurements:  56.5 x 48.8 cm
Provenance:  Joshua Reynolds sale, 1798 (lot 7), sold for £14; Sir William Hamilton's sale, 28 March 1801 (lot 53), purchased by Whitefoord for £54.12.0; Stowe sale, 12 September 1848 (lot 6), purchased by P. Norton; Lord Northwick's sale, Cheltenham, 1859 (lot 107); Duke of Newcastle; by inheritance from the 7th Duke of Newcastle to the Earl of Lincoln; Christie's Auction House, 31 March 1939 (lot 52), Wheeler; Mr Martin B. Asscher from Bernard; purchased by the Barber Institute, 1950 for £6,000.

This painting was purchased as a study by Rubens of his second wife Helena Fourment. However, research shows that both the title and the attribution are wrong. The head was probably copied from the female figure in Frans Rubens with his Nursemaid (about 1637/8), presumably by someone with access to the original. It may therefore be by Johann Boeckhorst (1604-1668) who was a student of Rubens. He later worked in his studio, and, after his death, completed some of his master’s unfinished works.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Ralph's Exhibition', Haymarket, London, 1791, no. 55; Nottingham Castle, 1878, no. 61; Nottingham Castle, 1939.

1 Related People

Rubens, Peter Paul

1 Related Publications

L'oeuvre de P.P Rubens
Rooses, M.

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