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image of A Genoese Noblewoman and Her Son Sir Anthony van Dyck (artist)
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
A Genoese Noblewoman and Her Son, c. 1626
oil on canvas
overall: 191.5 x 139.5 cm (75 3/8 x 54 15/16 in.) framed weight: 81.647 kg (180 lb.)
Widener Collection
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Possibly Pier Francesco Grimaldi, Genoa, 1780;[1] acquired probably by 1787 by George Greville, 2nd earl of Brooke and Warwick [1746-1816], London and Warwick Castle;[2] by inheritance to his son, Henry Richard Greville, 3rd earl of Brooke and Warwick [1779-1853], Warwick Castle; by inheritance to his son, George Guy Greville, 4th earl of Brooke and Warwick [1818-1893], Warwick Castle; by inheritance to his son, Francis Richard Charles Guy Greville, 5th earl of Brooke and Warwick [1853-1924], Warwick Castle, until at least 1900. (E.M. Hodgkins)[3] on joint account with (M. Knoedler and Co., New York); sold 1909 to Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park; gift 1942 to NGA.

[1] Carlo Giuseppe Ratti, Instruzione di quanto può vedersi di più bello in Genova in pittura, scultura, ed architettura ecc... nuovamente ampliata e accresciuta, Genoa, 1780: 134, lists two paintings in the collection of Pier Francesco Grimaldi as representing "Dama con un bimbo per mano," a description that could refer to NGA 1942.9.91. One of these two paintings is listed with a pendant of a man in armor ("Uomo in armatura"), now in South Brisbane, Queensland Art Gallery, listed in their catalogue as Marchese Filippo Spinola. Although Piero Boccardo, "Ritratti di Genovesi di Rubens e di van Dyck: contesto e identificazioni," in Susan J. Barnes and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., eds., Van Dyck 350, Hanover and Leiden, 1994: 101 note 8, relates the description in Ratti to the National Gallery's double portrait, he thinks it is more probable that the male portrait is a pendant to A Genoese Noblewoman with her Child from the Cleveland Museum of Art. For this painting, see Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Susan J. Barnes, et al., Anthony van Dyck, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1990: no. 37, 178-179.

[2] The painting was first recorded in this collection in 1801, as Lady Brooke and Her Son. However, David Buttery, "George Romney and the Second Earl of Warwick," Apollo 124 (August 1986): 108, 109 note 36, argues that it must have been in the collection by 1787 since it served as a model for George Romney's painting of Lady Warwick and Her Children, which was painted in that year. The Earl may have acquired it as early as 1775. Buttery quotes a letter written in that year by Richard Cumberland that refers to Van Dyck paintings in the Earl's collection. It is also possible, however, that the painting was still in Genoa in 1780. See note 1.

[3] Hodgkins may have acquired NGA 1942.9.91 from the Earl of Warwick, since he is known to have acquired Margareta Snyders, now in The Frick Collection (09.1.42, New York), from the Warwick collection. Both paintings were then handled by M. Knoedler and Co. Margareta Snyders was sold to Henry Clay Frick in 1909, the same year that Widener bought A Genoese Noblewoman and Her Son. The reference to Hodgkins was supplied by the Getty Provenance Index.

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