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Netscher’s undisputed masterpiece, 'The Lace Maker' is one of the most successful representations of idealised female virtue in Dutch art. The girl’s modest woollen dress implies her lack of vanity, while her absorption in the delicate and difficult task of lace-making underlines her seriousness and moral probity. Stylistically the picture reveals Netcher’s sensitivity to the formal experiments of the Delft School, in particular to the understated light-filled interiors of De Hooch and Vermeer.
oil on canvas
H 33 x W 27 cm
acquired by Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford, 1804; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897