Sir John Frechville Ramsden [1877-1958], 6th Bart., Bulstrode, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire; (sale, Christie's, London, 11 July 1930, no. 23, as Joos van Cleve); sold 1930 to (Hermann Ball, Berlin); (Schaeffer Gallery, Berlin, by 1930); Adolph Caspar Miller, Washington, by 1937; bequest 1953 to NGA.
- Paintings and Sculpture Owned in Washington, Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, 1937, no. 1, as Ambrosius Benson.
The painting is generally in good condition. There are small scattered retouchings throughout and a small abraded loss in the hair on the right side of the face. As with its pendant, the background is covered with a green pigmented varnish that may cover damage and partial restoration. Infrared examination and infrared reflectography reveal underdrawing in the face and hands.
Reverse: A layer of black paint has been applied over the ground.
- Friedländer, Max J. Die altniederländische Malerei 14 vols. 1924-1937. Berlin, 1934: 11:107, 147, no. 296, pol. 93-94. (English ed., 14 vols., 1967-1976. Leiden, 1974: 11:61, 101, no. 296, pl. 183).
- Marlier, Georges. Ambrosius Benson et la peinture à Bruges au temps de Charles-Quint. Damme, 1957: 256-257, 320-321, no. 146, pl. 75.
- Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 14, as Wife of Niclaes de Hondecoeter by Ambrosius Benson.
- National Gallery of Art. European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. Washington, 1968: 6, repro., as Wife of Niclaes de Hondecoeter by Ambrosius Benson.
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 26, repro., as Wife of Niclaes de Hondecoeter by Ambrosius Benson
- Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 158, no. 172, color repro., as by South Netherlandish School.
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 32, repro.
- Hand, John Oliver and Martha Wolff. Early Netherlandish Painting. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, 1986: 7-12, repro. 9.
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