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Painting Title Portrait of a Lady
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Vois, Arie de (Dutch painter and draftsman, born 1631 or 1632, died 1680)
Previously attributed to Mieris, Frans van (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1635-1681)
Date Earliest possibly about 1673
Date Latest possibly about 1673
Description A lady is depicted sitting, three-quarter length, facing left, before a column. Ary de Vois was a Dutch Golden Age painter active in Leiden. The lady seems to appear in a few paintings by de Vois, for example in the portrait signed and dated 1677 (Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt am Main no. 1230). It is possible that the lady is in fact de Vois' wife (Maria van der Vecht) and that the painting in York is a pendant to the self-portrait of the artist in Louvre, Paris, of 1673: it is of a similar composition but facing right, a similar expression of the sitter, the same column in the background, and is almost the same size).
Current Accession Number YORAG : 757
Subject portrait
Measurements 27.9 x 22.5 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance H. Ker Colville 1893; Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 14 March 1924, lot 144, purchased by A.L. Nicholson; Barbizon House, from whom purchased by F.D. Lycett Green 1927.
Principal Exhibitions The Old Master and the Deceased Masters of British School, Royal Academy, London, 1893, no. 53 as by Godfried Schaleken; Yorkshire Loan Exhibition of Pictures at the Judges' Lodgings, York, 1934, no. 53 as by Frans van Mieris; F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 32; The Cabinet Picture. Dutch and Flemish Masters of the Seventeenth Century, Richard Green Gallery, London, 1999.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, pp. 58-59, pl. 50, as by Frans van Mieris; Neumann, O., Frans van Mieris I, Doornspijk 1982. no. B19, as by either van Mieris or de Vois; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, p. 94 as by Ary de Vois; The Cabinet Picture. Dutch and Flemish Masters of the Seventeenth Century, Richard Green Galleries, London, 1999, pp. 124-125, 205; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 354.

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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