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This picture is almost certainly the Venus which Van der Werff recorded in his notebook as purchased from his nephew, Pieter van der Werff (probably in 1710), and finished by himself in 1716. Although begun by his nephew, the subject appears to have been a favourite theme of Adriaen himself: he painted at least two other versions in 1684 (untraced) and 1699 (formerly Dresden, Gemäldegalerie). The painting is typical of the small-scale, commercially popular, lightly erotic subjects Van der Werff painted for the open market towards the end of his career.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

1716

Medium

oil on oak panel

Measurements

H 45.1 x W 33.4 cm

Accession number

P151

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1860; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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