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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 35

    Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn (The Hague 1570-1657)

    Portrait of a lady, three-quarter length, in a black slashed silk dress with lace collar and cuffs, a fan in her right hand

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    Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn (The Hague 1570-1657)
    Portrait of a lady, three-quarter length, in a black slashed silk dress with lace collar and cuffs, a fan in her right hand
    dated and signed with initial 'Anno. 1631 R. f:' (upper right)
    oil on panel
    48 x 35¼ in. (121.9 x 92.1 cm.)


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    Jan van Ravesteyn had a long and successful career as a portraitist in The Hague, and the majority of his portraits date to between 1610 and 1640, when he painted many high ranking military officers, members of the highest social circles, and men involved in government who were stationed in the city from all over the Dutch Republic. Among his most important works are a series of officers' portraits (Mauritshuis, The Hague), most likely commissioned by Prince Maurits in 1611, and a portrait of Prince Frederick Hendrik (Dutch Royal collection) of 1612.
    Ravesteyn is often associated with the Delft portraitist Michiel van Mierevelt. He was recorded in Delft in 1597, which has led to speculation that he studied with Mierevelt. Ravesteyn entered the Hague Guild of St. Luke's in February 1598 and the following year painted a portrait of the Remonstrant leader Hugo de Groot at age 16 (Paris, Fondation Custodia, Institut Nierlandais).

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    Provenance

    A. Mak, Amsterdam sale, 18-20 November 1924, lot 54;
    Lewis J. Ruskin, Scottsdale, Arizona.


    Exhibited

    Phoenix, The Phoenix Art Museum, on loan.