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John Osmaston, Osmaston Manor, Derbyshire, by 1879.[1] Alfred Brown, Brighton, by 1906.[2] Mrs. M. A. T. Slark; (sale, Christie's, London, 25 June 1948, no. 67, as by Jan van Eyck); acquired by (David M. Koetser Gallery, New York, London, and Zurich).[3] (M. Knoedler & Co., New York, by 1950); on joint account with (Thomas Agnew and Sons, London) and (Pinakos, Inc [Rudolf Heinemann], New York); purchased February 1952 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[4] gift 1961 to NGA.

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters and by Deceased Masters of the British School, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1879, no. 218, as Jan van Eyck.
Exhibition of Works by Flemish and Modern Belgian Painters, Art Gallery of the Corporation of London [Guildhall], 1906, no. 4, as John van Eyck.
Art of the Middle Ages, The Denver Art Museum, 1950-1951, no cat., as Dirck Bouts.

Technical Summary

Although there is no written record of a transfer, laboratory examination strongly suggests that the paint and ground layers were removed from the original wood support and attached to a hardboard panel.[1] The reverse and edges of the panel were then veneered with what is probably oak. The background has been badly damaged and extensively overpainted in paint that is similar in tone to the original, but denser. The hair also has been heavily overpainted. There are losses, filled and unfilled, in the background and robe. The robe and areas of flesh are in relatively good condition. The painting was restored in 1949 and 1955.

[1] NGA 1975, 44, lists the support as wood, while Eisler 1977, 54, states that the panel was transferred to hardboard (masonite), but gives no further information or date for the transfer.


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European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 66, repro.
Hand, John Oliver and Martha Wolff. Early Netherlandish Painting. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, 1986: 25-26, repro. 24.

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