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ID number:  BIRBI-36.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  After Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Helena Fourment (?)
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Antwerp
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  about 1630-5
Materials:  Black and red chalk heightened with white
Measurements:  Sheet 561 x 351 mm; mount 782 x 564 mm

Both the former attribution to Rubens and the identification of the sitter as Helena Fourment are doubtful, and compromised by poor condition. The traditional identification of the sitter as the artist's second wife stems from the similarity of her pose and costume to those of Helena Fourment in Rubens' portrait of her with two of her children now in the Louvre. 

The drawing is closely related to a grisaille sketch of 'The Wise Virgins' in a private collection in Belgian.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'The Barber Goes North', Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK, 15 October 2010 - 15 December 2010

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Rubens, Peter Paul
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