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Title Portrait of an Unknown Woman
Alternative Title Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
Collection Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Artist Werff, Pieter van der (Dutch painter, 1665-1722)
Previously attributed to Werff, Adriaen van der (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1659-1722)
Date 1709 (dated)
Signed yes
Description This is a three-quarter length portrait of a middle-aged woman. She is depicted sitting, and is luxuriously attired in a tangerine-coloured dress edged in gold, with a blue drape secured at the shoulder with a brooch. Her silver-grey coiffeur is held in place with a jewelled comb. To the left of the composition, a balcony ledge with a landscape beyond. The work forms a pair with Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman (BATVG:P:1945.26).
Current Accession Number BATVG:P:1945.27
Inscription front cl P : V T. WERFT fe.t A. N. o 1709
Subject portrait
Measurements 46.7 x 40.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs M. H. Williams 1945.
Principal Exhibitions Bath Assembly Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 1948.
Publications Catalogue of Pictures: Exhibition of Pictures in the Possession of the Corporation of the City of Bath, Bath, 1948, p. 4; Sloman, S., Victoria Art Gallery: Concise Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings, Bath, 1991, p. 109.
Notes Mrs Williams of Torquay donated a number of works to the Victoria Art Gallery, including the pendant to the present work, following the death of her husband. Other objects were given to Bristol City Art Gallery.
Rights Owner Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Author Dr Susan Steer



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