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Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp)
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Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp)

Portrait of an old woman, bust-length, with a white headscarf

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Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp)
Portrait of an old woman, bust-length, with a white headscarf
oil on panel
19¼ x 15 3/8 in. (48.9 x 39 cm.)
Provenance
Collection Prince de Polignac.
Collection Jules Porgès.
Brussels, Vente J. Fiévez, 3 July 1919, lot 16, as 'La mère de Rubens, par Rubens'.
Private collection, France.
Bequeathed to the family of the present owner and by descent.
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Lot Essay

The present picture is a later replica of the picture by Sir Peter Paul Rubens in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (inv. no. 3339), dated by Held to circa 1615-16. This model was used by Rubens at least twice in works from the 1615-20 period of his activity. She appears as an elderly nurse in the Madrid version of Achilles discovered among the Daughters of Lycomedes, and also in his Discovery of Erichthonius by the Daughters of Cecrops in Vaduz. The Ottowa study was, according to Held, certainly made from life (see J.S. Held, The Oil Sketches of Peter Paul Rubens, Princeton, 1980, I, p. 610, no. 444, p. 431), although some believe it to be closer to Jacob Jordaens.
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