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Van der Neer painted a number of pictures depicting elegant female figures occupied in polite occupations such as reading (1665; New York, Metropolitan Museum) and playing musical instruments (Copenhagen, Staatliche Museum), which, like 'A Lady Drawing', present a paradigm of feminine behaviour for the leisured classes. Their smooth, highly finished technique recalls that of the Leiden ‘Fine Painters’ (cf.
oil on oak panel
H 30.3 x W 25.6 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1861; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897