Catalogue entry

Jacob Huysmans c.1633–1696

T00901 Portrait of a Lady, as Diana c. 1674

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 47¿ x 39¿ (119.5 x 101.5) on stretcher 47½ x 40¼ (120.5 x 102.5).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1967.
Coll. bought at auction c. 1953 by J. O. Flatter, sold Sotheby’s, 22nd February 1967 (65), bt. Butlin for The Friends of the Tate Gallery.

The previous owner wrote (13th March 1967) that the relining canvas bore an old damaged label on which he could read the words ‘Calisto’ and ‘Crown’, and suggested that they might allude to John Crowne’s masque Calisto, performed at Whitehall in 1674 with Margaret Blagge as Diana. However, several of Huysmans’ female sitters were posed as Diana, and T00901 is comparable in this respect with, for example, the so-called ‘Elizabeth Whitley’ in the collection of the Earl of Plymouth and the ‘Anne Digby’ of c. 1665 in the collection of the Duke of Marlborough.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.