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Girl threading a Needle by Candlelight
  • Godfried Schalcken (1643 - 1706)
  • Girl threading a Needle by Candlelight
  • Netherlands
  • late 1670s
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 19.3 x 15.6 cm
    Frame size: 30.6 x 28.3 cm
  • Signature: 'G Schalcken'
  • P171
  • East Galleries I
Further Reading
  • Godfried Schalcken was first trained as a painter by Samuel van Hoogstraten in Dordrecht, where his family moved in 1654. He completed his training with Dou in Leiden but by 1665 he was again in Dordrecht where he would become the leading artist. He specialized in small-scale genre paintings but painted portraits for the wealthy citizens as well. In 1692 he went to London where he lived for five years, painting mainly nocturnal portraits like the one shown here. The subject and composition derive from a painting by Dou. The youth and elegance of the girl, together with the close viewpoint, suggest the influence of both Frans van Mieris and Netscher.