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image of The Needlewoman Diego Velázquez (artist)
Spanish, 1599 - 1660
The Needlewoman, c. 1640/1650
oil on canvas
overall: 74 x 60 cm (29 1/8 x 23 5/8 in.) framed: 102.2 x 88.3 x 7.6 cm (40 1/4 x 34 3/4 x 3 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: Spanish Painting in the Seventeenth Century
Object 5 of 7


In the artist's possession at his death, 1660. Probably Pierre-Armand-Jean-Vincent-Hippolyte, Marquis de Gouvello de Keriaval [1782-1870], Château de Kerlévénant, Sarzeau, Morbihan, Brittany.[1] Madame Christiane de Polès [d. 1936], Paris; sold 5 July 1926 to (Wildenstein and Co., Paris);[2] consigned to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York);[3] by whom purchased 9 March 1927;[4] purchased on same day by Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.;[5] deeded 12 December 1934 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1937 to NGA.

[1] The ownership of the painting by the Gouvello de Keriaval is given by August L. Mayer, A Portrait by Veaézquez. Francisca Velézquez, Daughter of the Master (The Woman Sewing), (New York, c. 1935), 4. For a few facts about the collector, Hippolyte de Gouvello, see H. Frotier de la Messalière, Filiations Brétonnes, 1650-1912, (Saint-Briem, 1913): vol. 2, 570.

[2] Noted in 14 September 1988 letter from Mrs. Ay-Whang Hsia, Vice-President of Wildenstein and Co., New York, NGA curatorial files.

[3] The Knoedler stockbooks, kept at The Getty Provenance Index.

[4] Noted in 14 September 1988 letter from Ay-Whang Hsia.

[5] David Finley notebook, copy in NGA curatorial files (original notebook in Gallery Archives).

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