Isaack Luttichuys (London 1616 – Amsterdam 1673)
This artist was born in London to Dutch parents but built his career in Amsterdam painting still lifes as well as portraits such as this. The unknown sitter appears on a terrace overlooking a river. It probably represents one of the major waterways to the south-east of Amsterdam – the Vecht or the Amstel – which were lined with the country villas of that city’s wealthiest residents.
Oil painting on panel, Unknown Woman, by Isaack Luttichuijs (Austin Friara 1616 – Amsterdam 1673), circa 1654. A full-length portrait of a young woman, standing on a terrace before a balustrade, turned to the left; she wears a black gown and brown skirt, white lace collar and cuffs and white coif; beyond the terrace is a landscape with a river and distant church.
Date of acquisition by Mrs Greville not recorded; 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 123.
Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Isaack Luttichuys (London 1616 – Amsterdam 1673), artist Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – Dordrecht 1691), artist