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Attributed to manner of Pickenoy, Nicolaes Eliasz. (Dutch painter, ca. 1588-ca. 1655) , Mother and Child

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Title Mother and Child
Alternative Title Amalia of Solm-Braunfels (Princess of Orange) & William II of Nassau (Prince of Orange)
Collection Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon
Artist Attributed to manner of Pickenoy, Nicolaes Eliasz. (Dutch painter, ca. 1588-ca. 1655)
Attributed to Vos, Cornelis de (Flemish painter, ca. 1584-1651)
Date Earliest about 1625
Date Latest about 1630
Description The woman seated with her son, about one year old. She wears a dark dress with gold embroidery on front, a wide, stiff ruff and lace head-dress. The child wears lace dress and head-dress. The woman wears gold bracelets and a gold ring. The child wears a gold necklace. The woman holds lumps of something white (sugar?) out to the child who takes it with his right hand. He holds a stick of the same substance in his other hand.
Current Accession Number STRST:SBT1993-31/231
Former Accession Number STRST:Picture No. 217; SBT 231
Subject portrait (Mother and Child)
Measurements 120.0 x 87.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Mrs Beisly 1896
Notes The previous identification of the sitters as Princess and Prince of Orange is unlikely to be correct as there is nothing to indicate that the sitters are of royal birth. De Vos painted many portraits of parents with children. The lace on the mother's dress and head-dress is very similar to de Vos. The style of baby's white coral, tooth-shaped teething toy is also seen in a portrait of a baby by de Vos in the Witt Library (sale Hahn, Frankfurt, 6-7 June, 1939). It is also seen in a painting sold as Lady and child (C. Lambert sale, New York, February 21-24, 1916), where it is wrongly described as a 'toy dagger'. However, there is not enough evidence to eliminate the attribution to Pickenoy.
Rights Owner Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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