Description This older woman, in lace collar, pearl necklace, and cut-stone earrings, holds open a fashionable pocket watch. The meaning is only clear when seen with Nason's portrait of her husband (Dulwich Picture Gallery, London), also dated 1663. The velvet curtain and the marble column reflect wealth, but the book and skull before the husband are to be "read" with the watch: the couple urges the viewer to look beyond simple pleasures that pass like the ticking of a watch and prepare for the death that comes to all. Nason portrayed merchant and aristocratic clients in Amsterdam, England, and, finally, Berlin, where he worked for the German branch of the Orange family.
|4/23/1942||Treatment||varnish removed; inpainted; coated.|
|2/10/1981||Treatment||surface cleaned; lined; coated; inpainted|
|3/09/1991||Examination||examined for condition|
- New Light on Old Pictures: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1981-1982.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1884, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: P. Nason f; [Date] Lower left: 1663 (?)
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1884
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