Gerard ter Borch

Woman Writing a Letter

797 detail signatuur
797 achterzijde
797 ingelijst
797 voorzijde
797 voorzijde

Gerard ter Borch
Woman Writing a Letter

1655 Not on view

Ter Borch’s oeuvre consists largely of intimate paintings of people absorbed in what they are doing. This woman writing a letter is the first of a whole series and was an example for other artists, like Vermeer.

The woman is sitting at a table and has pushed aside the costly oriental tablecloth. Next to her is a softly gleaming pewter inkstand. The action in the scene is minimal – we can imagine for ourselves what the woman is thinking and writing.

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Gerard ter Borch
Woman Writing a Letter

1655 Not on view

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General information
Gerard ter Borch (Zwolle 1617 - 1681 Deventer)
Woman Writing a Letter
1655
painting
797
Material and technical details
oil
panel
27.9 x 38.3 cm
Inscriptions
op de rand van de tafel, naast het kleed: GTB
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Provenance

Possibly Jacob Lois, Rotterdam (his inventory 1676, no. 45); possibly Etienne François, Duc de Choiseul, Paris, before 1771 (see P.F. Basan, Recueil d’estampes gravées d’après les tableaux du cabinet de Monseigneur le Duc de Choiseul, Paris 1771, p. 6, no. 59 and sale, Paris, 6 April 1772 [Lugt 2020], no. 29 [for 1,500 livres to Marquis de Saint-Céran]); probably a member of the Elias family (Jacob Elias?), Amsterdam; anonymous sale, including paintings from the Elias family, Amsterdam, 11 May 1801 (Lugt 6261), no. 87 (for 205 guilders to De Bosch); Bernardus de Bosch Junior, Amsterdam, 1801-1816; his widow, Christina de Vries, Amsterdam, 1816-1817; De Bosch sale, Amsterdam, 10 March 1817 (Lugt 9064), no. 3 (for 192 guilders to Jeronimo de Vries); Lucretia van Winter, 1817-1845; by inheritance to her husband, jonkheer Hendrik Six van Hillegom, Amsterdam, 1845-1847; jonkheer Jan Pieter Six van Hillegom and jonkheer Pieter Six van Vromade, Amsterdam, 1847-1899/1905; jonkheer Willem Six van Wimmenum, Amsterdam, 1905-1919; jonkheer Jan Six, Amsterdam, 1919-1926; his sale, Amsterdam (A.W.M. Mensing), 16 October 1928, no. 46 (for 319,000 guilders to Deterding); gift of Sir Henri W.A. Deterding, 1928