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Portrait of a Lady

Artist Gerard ter Borch (Dutch, 1617–1681)
Title Portrait of a Lady
Date Ca. 1660
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions Framed: 22 × 20 1/8 × 1 7/8 in. (55.9 × 51.1 × 4.8 cm)
Overall: 11 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (29.2 x 24.4 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 77.78

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About this Work

A gifted portraitist, Gerard ter Borch the Younger settled in the Dutch city of Deventer in 1654, where he became involved in the city’s government and found patronage among its social and political elites. However, in the portraits of those individuals, ter Borch focused on capturing individual personalities more than conveying social status. This painting presents the subject in an unidealized, though sympathetic, manner. The woman points her fan to the left, indicating a companion portrait of her husband, which is now in the collection of Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art).

1977, Indiana University Art Museum purchase from Essoldo Fine Arts Ltd., London (Galerie J. Kraus)

ca. 1975–1977, with Galerie J. Kraus, Paris [1]

ca. 1975, with Thomas Agnew & Sons, London [2]

by 1952–?, Collection of Alfred Brod, London (presumably purchased from Kunsthandlung Walter Feilchenfeldt) [3] 

ca. 1950–1951, with Kunsthandlung Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zurich (presumably purchased from C. Benedict) [4]

ca. 1950, with Galerie C. Benedict, Paris [5] 

June 3–June 6, 1867, Sale, “Catalogue des tableaux anciens des écoles Espagnole, Italienne, Flamande & Hollandaise composant la galerie de M. le Marquis de Salamanca,” Paris (lot no. 128, sold with its pendant; purchaser not indicated)

before 1867, Collection of José de Salamanca y Mayol (1811–1883), first Marquis of Salamanca, Madrid [6]


[1] Correspondence with Julie Kraus, dated June 23, 1977 (museum registration files).

[2] An undated memo in museum registration files indicates that the painting was included in a checklist of works compiled by Thomas Agnew & Sons and sent to Indiana University Art Museum director, Thomas T. Solley for purchase consideration. 

[3] In a letter to the Director of the John Herron Art Institute (now Newfields Museum, Indianapolis), dated February 11, 1952, Alfred Brod confirms that he was the painting’s current owner.  

[4] Sturla J. Gudlauggson, Katalog der Gemälde Gerard ter Borchs (The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1959–60), cat. no. 134.
[5] Gudlauggson, cat. no. 134. 

[6] Gudlauggson, cat. no. 134.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

March 20–May 14, 2000, “About Face: Two Thousand Years of Portraiture at Indiana University,” Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN

September 30, 1994–January 30, 1995, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

September 20, 1976–?, “Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings and Drawings,” Galerie J. Kraus, Paris, France (cat. no. 12)

Possibly: June 29–October 5, 1952, “Drie eeuwen portret in Nederland,” Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Royal Academy 1952 [1]


[1] It is not presently clear whether this was our painting or its replica.

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