The Wallace Collection

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A Lady dressing her hair
  • Gerard ter Borch (1617 - 1681)
  • A Lady dressing her hair
  • Netherlands
  • c.1657 - c. 1658
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 36.6 x 28 cm
  • P235
  • East Galleries II
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Further Reading
  • A Lady dressing her Hair is invested with emblematic associations of fidelity, vanity and transience. The subject in the picture is given added resonance by the unlit candle which, according to the emblem books written by Jacob Cats and Otto Van Veen, symbolizes the nature of love, which may be kindled in an instant. The complicit look of the maid who stands behind the lady adds a further element of intrigue.