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Painting Title Portrait of a Lady
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
Date 1643(?)
Description Full-length portrait of a lady with her plumed hat lying on a table; on the right there is an opened window. According to the inscription on the window frame, the sitter is 27 years old. According to the catalogue of the Royal Academy Winter Exhibition of 1938, this work was signed by Teniers and dated 1643, but the signature cannot now be detected. The window, top right, which is not mentioned in the description in the catalogue, is very likely an alteration of a later period; the surround would indicate the former existence of a picture rather than a window. It is also difficult to reconcile the fall of light with a window in that position. David Teniers the Younger was a Flemish artist born in Antwerp, the son of David Teniers the Elder. His son David Teniers III and his grandson David Teniers IV were also painters. Jan Brueghel the Elder was his father in law. Teniers was especially famous for his genre paintings he depicted mostly peasants' life and was influenced by Adriaen Brouwer.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 751
Inscription front ur (on window frame) 'AET 27'
Subject portrait (lady)
Measurements 35.5 x 25.4 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance Max Rothschild, from whom purchased by F.D. Lycett Green 1935.
Principal Exhibitions Seventeenth Century Art in Europe, Royal Academy, London 1938, no. 259; F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 26; Le sie;cle de Rubens, Muse;es royaux des beaux-arts de Belgique, Brussels 1965, no. 279, High Life - Low Life. David Teniers the Younger, The Rye Art Gallery, Rye, 1972, no. 21
Publications Exhibition of 17th Century Art in Europe Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1938, cat. 259, p. 108 as signed and dated; PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 29, January 1955, vol. VIII, p. 301; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, pp. 81-82, pl. 70; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 338.

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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