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Portrait of a Woman, possibly Elizabeth Boothby

December 31, 1618
Jahangir 1605–1627

Portrait of a Woman, possibly Elizabeth Boothby



Portrait of a Woman, possibly Elizabeth Boothby 1619 Cornelis Jonson (called Jonson van Ceulen) (British, 1593-1661) England, 17th century Oil on wood Framed: 93.5 x 78 x 5 cm (36 13/16 x 30 11/16 x 1 15/16 in.); Unframed: 65.7 x 56 cm (25 7/8 x 22 1/16 in.) Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin 1973.185 LOCATION 213 Dutch Painting DID YOU KNOW? For this prominent merchant's daughter, sparkling jewels and expensive lace were proud evidence of wealth. DESCRIPTION The woman in this portrait was recently identified as Elizabeth Boothby (1590–1658), daughter of a prominent London merchant. The jewels in her hair, the silver thread and expensive lace adorning her silk gown, and even the faux marble oval surrounding her image are all signs of wealth and status. Although painted in England, this portrait reflects the traditions of Dutch portraiture, evidence of the fluid artistic exchange that existed between the two countries. Jonson was born in London, received his artistic training in Amsterdam, and spent the last 20 years of his career in the Dutch Republic. PROVENANCE Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, by gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1973. (Central Picture Galleries, New York, 1971); Colonel G. M. Knight (sale: Christie's London, 17 Oct. 1947, no. 47, sold to Goldblatt for 90 Gns.); E. C. Knight, London (sale: Christie's, London, 29 Jan. 1917, no. 45, evidently bought in by family for 80 Gns.) CITATIONS Finberg, Alexander J. "A Chronological List of Portraits by Cornelis Johnson or Jonson." The Walpole Society 10 (1921-22): 7, p. III Mentioned: p. 7; Reproduced: pl. III Whitworth Art Gallery. The Age of Shakespeare. Manchester: Whitworh Art Gallery, 1964. Mentioned: p. 24 "The Year in Review for 1973." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 61, no. 2 (1974): 31-78. Referenced: cat. no. 38, p. 74, Reproduced: p. 43 Lurie, Ann Tzeutschler, and William S. Talbot. "Annual Report for 1973: Paintings." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 61 no. 6 (June 1974): 186-187 Mentioned: p. 186; Reproduced: p. 187 Christie, Manson & Woods. Important English Pictures. 1974. Mentioned and reproduced: p. 56, lot no. 165 Christie, Manson & Woods. Important English Pictures. 1975. Mentioned: p. 32, lot no. 81 The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 169 The Cleveland Museum of Art: Catalogue of Paintings. Part 3: European Paintings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries. Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1982. Mentioned: pp. 195-197; reproduced: p. 196 Chong, Alan. European & American Painting in the Cleveland Museum of Art: A Summary Catalogue. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1993. Mentioned and Reproduced: p. 116 Karen Hearn, Edward Town, and Jessica David. Cornelius Johnson, 1593-1661: Painter to King & Country. London: The Weiss Gallery, 2016. Mentioned and reproduced: pp. 20, 38 EXHIBITION HISTORY Year in Review: 1973. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (January 30-March 17, 1974).

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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