The Wallace Collection

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Portrait of a Lady
  • Studio of Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640)
  • Portrait of a Lady
  • Southern Netherlands
  • c. 1630
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 101.8 x 73.6 cm
    Frame size: 120.8 x 92.7 x 6 cm
  • Stamp: Arms of the city of Antwerp, a castle with two raised hands above
    Inscription: 'MV' in monogram for Michiel Vriendt
  • P30
  • East Drawing Room
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  • Once thought to be a portrait of Rubens’s first wife, Isabella Brandt, and until 1853 twinned with a pendant supposedly depicting his second wife, Hélène Fourment (now described as an Unknown Lady; Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection), this painting may depict Isabella’s younger sister, Clara. Clara Brandt (b.1595/1600) was the youngest daughter of Clara de Moy and Jan Brandt, and married Daniel Fourment in 1619. The pedantic execution of the picture, together with the crude draughtsmanship of details such as the chain, pendant and hands, suggests that it was painted by assistants in Rubens' studio. The panel bears the arms of the city of Antwerp and the monogram MV for the panel maker Michiel Vriendt (d.1636/7). The picture was admired by Reynolds in the eighteenth century and described by the 4th Marquess of Hertford as ‘a goodish portrait by Rubens’.