attributed to Hendrick Cornelisz van Vliet (Delft c.1611 – Delft 1675)
The identity of this sitter is not known although the portrait was evidently commissioned as one of a pair (Polesden Lacey, National Trust 1166736.1), almost certainly by a married couple of some consequence – note the landscape views indicative of a country estate. The other picture is dated 1633. This woman’s wifeliness and piety are particularly emphasised by the prominent position of a wedding band on her ring finger and by the bible in her other hand. They resemble the portraiture of the Delft artist van der Vliet.
Oil painting on canvas, Unknown woman, attributed to Hendrick van der Vliet (1611 - 75), dated 1633. A three-quarter-length portrait of a lady wearing black with a white ruff; standing by a table, wearing a black dress with white lawn collar and cuffs; red curtain and landscape background.
The bequest of Margaret (Anderson) McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald - later Dame Margaret - Henry Fulke Greville, DBE (1863-1942) from probate records linked with the donation of the property to the National Trust in 1943. This item found on the record for Polesden Lacey pictures, drawings etc., ground floor corridor, page 122.
Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
attributed to Hendrick Cornelisz van Vliet (Delft c.1611 – Delft 1675), photographer Flemish School, artist previously catalogued as by Dutch School, artist