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Painting Title Portrait of a Lady
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Troost, Cornelis (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1696-1750)
Date 1741 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A lady is seated in a garden house and holds a sheet of music; landscape is depicted to the right. Cornelis Troost was an 18th-century actor and painter from Amsterdam. He was a pupil of Arnold Boonen and was influenced by French painting (e.g. Watteau and Boucher), but also by the works of William Hogarth. He is known for his works depicting scenes from the Amsterdam theatre, portraits and the daily life of the upper classes of Amsterdam.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 786
Inscription front lr (on the bench) 'C. Troost / 1741'
Subject portrait (lady)
Measurements 71.1 x 58.4 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance R.A. Pfungs; Max Rothschild, from whom purchased by F. D. Lycett Green 1943.
Principal Exhibitions F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 65.
Publications i>York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 65; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 340.

Francis Denis Lycett Green (1893-1959) was a member of the wealthy industrial Green family from Wakefield that was among the great philanthropic benefactors of York. He began buying pictures during the 1920s, advised by some of the most famous art historians of the day. By the 1940s, he owned examples from almost every school and period of European Art a comprehensive collection of over 130 paintings dating back from the early 14th century to the end of the 18th century, representing every important European school of art. In 1952, he offered it to the National Gallery of South Africa, having moved to Cape Town in the hope that the climate would improve his health (which was poor because he was badly injured in the First World War). However when a dispute arose with the Cape Town Gallery, Francis withdrew his pictures in protest and shipped them back to England. The entire collection of 130 pictures was at first on loan to the York Art Gallery and in the spring of 1955 he decided to give it to the Gallery.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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