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Portrait of a Lady

HALS, Frans (c.1581/5 - 1666)

Portrait of a Lady

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 77.4 x 63.0 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 25

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

This plump, middle-aged woman folds her hands contentedly and gazes out at us.  The loose brushwork in the hands suggests the work of the great Dutch master Frans Hals, who is best known for his vivacious portraits of wealthy citizens.  It was once thought that this was a portrait of the artist’s wife but now her identity is a mystery.   The picture seems to have been extended at the top.

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