One of a series of drawings all of which show female figures with lozenge-shaped escutcheons held by two long ribbons. Others were in the collection of Sir Robert Witt now at the Courtauld Institute (A. Blunt (ed.), Hand-list of the drawings in the Witt Collection, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 1956, p. 120, no. 2821); in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (K.G. Boon, Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, The Hague, 1978, no. 505); formerly in the collection of Kurt Meissner, Zurich (Handzeichnungen alter Meister aus Schweizer Privatbesitz, exhib. cat., Kunsthaus Zurich, 1967, no. 135, as Gerrit Pietersz.); and sold Sotheby's, London, 7 July 1966, lot 63 (as Gerrit Pietersz.). Dr Boon firmly rejects the transfer of the group to Gerrit Pietersz., which was based on Kurt Bauch's work on the latter artist.
We are very grateful to Peter Schatborn for pointing out this connection.