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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Jan de Bray, Dutch (Haarlem, Netherlands c. 1627 - 1697 Haarlem, Netherlands)
A Woman Reading
Work Type
17th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black and red chalk [possibly a counterproof?] on off-white antique laid paper, framing line in brown ink
17.5 x 15.5 cm (6 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, lower left, black ink, pen: S: D: Braij
  • watermark: foolscap [not unlike Churchill 360 and 364 and Heawood 2027; Dutch, 1682, Dutch 1702, and London, 1685, respectively]
  • label: adhered to former mount: [cutting from sale catalog of Jacob de Vos]
  • inscription: former mount, lower left, graphite: facsimile in Ploos,
  • collector's mark: former mount, lower center, red ink, stamp: L. 1508 (John Postle Heseltine)
  • inscription: former mount, lower right, graphite: S de Bray / coll. Ploos v. Amstel (1726-98) / J. de Vos / J. de Vos jbzn (1803-82) / J. P. Heseltine
Possibly Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Amsterdam. Jacob de Vos Jacobszoon, Amsterdam (L. 1450); his sale, [de Vries, Brondgeest, Engelberts and Roos, Amsterdam, 30 October 1833, album L, no. 22)], sold; possibly to Jeronimo de Vries, Amsterdam. John Postle Heseltine, London (L. 1508 with his mark). Edward Speelman. Maida and George Abrams, Boston; [Sotheby's, New York, 13-14 January 1989, bought in], gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1991.

NOTE: There is some confusion as to whether this provenance belongs to this drawing or to the similar drawing in Weimar by Jan de Bray.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Maida and George S. Abrams
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Th. Laurentius and J. W. Niemeijer, Cornelis Ploos van Amstel 1726-1798: Kunstverzamelaar en prentuitgever, Van Gorcum & Company (Assen, 1980), cat. no. 63, p, 282, repr.

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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