Els Verhaak and Marieke de Winkel have identified the costume as Spanish. Drs. de Winkel adds that the woman's hairstyle dates from about 1620 and to judge from her dress, a mante with a veil, she is a widow of the upper classes. The handkerchief she holds in her left hand is also a Spanish status symbol. Drs. Verhaak compares the figure type in the present drawing to a figure in the fifth print of Fashions of different nations (Hollstein 237-246) by Pieter de Jode after Sebastian Vrancx, datable to circa 1600-1610. The dimensions of the figure in the drawing correspond exactly to those of the figure in the print. No other figure drawings by Vrancx are known.
We are very grateful to Peter Schatborn for suggesting the attribution and preparing this note.