Seeing Double at Bukowski's

May 21 2020

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Picture: Bukowskis

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Swedish auction house Bukowskis's upcoming Important Spring Sale has been uploaded online. As usual it is filled with many interesting pictures.

I had to do a double take at lot 383, given to the 'Circle of Mierevelt'. It is another version of an obscure picture in the former collection of the Earls of Warwick (one of my unhealthy obsessions, I must disclose).

What is the connection between the two pictures? Which one might have come first?

The Warwick picture had been traditionally identified as a daughter of one of the family's seventeenth century descendants. In fact, just over the past few weeks I had been discussing this very painting with a colleague who had recently found many payments to the artist and dealer George Geldorp (c.1595-1665) in the family's account books of this period. But the appearance of the Bukowski picture probably suggests that this connection might be entirely false.

I wonder who this young girl was?

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