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Pieter Hermansz. Verelst
The Netherlands, 1642
Oil on panel
H. 68 cm. B. 53,4 cm
This fine early portrait by Pieter Hermansz. Verelst, signed and dated 1642, is still very much in the style of his teacher Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp. The refinement, however, also shows the influence of Gerard Dou, his other - supposed - teacher. The minute brushwork in the lace, for example, and the light on the gold-trimmed bows, clearly recalls the technique of this Leiden fijnschilder.
By repute in the collection of Lord Croft, Croft Castle, Yarpole, Herefordshire, United Kingdom; Collection of Sir Henry Page Croft, 1st Baron Croft (1881 – 1947), Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom; Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 2 October 1950, as lot 842, withdrawn and retained by the family, thence by descent; Private collection, United Kingdom, until 2017.