[Ehrich Galleries, New York, 1905–6, bought abroad; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Temporary Exhibition," April 1906, no. 19.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.
"Principal Accessions." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1 (April 1906), pp. 73–74, states that it represents a transitional phase in the development of Maes's style.
R[oger]. E. Fry. "Some Recent Acquisitions of the Metropolitan Museum, New York." Burlington Magazine 9 (May 1906), pp. 136, 141, pl. 1.
Evening Post (April 25, 1906) [reprinted in Ref. Sutton 1972, vol. 1, p. 26], includes it among "masterpieces" acquired by Roger Fry for the MMA.
Roger Fry. Letter to Helen Fry. February 18, 1906 [published in Ref. Sutton 1972, vol. 1, p. 251], calls it "a superb Maes portrait of an old woman which I found here".
"With the Dealers." American Art News 4 (March 17, 1906), unpaginated [p. 6], mentions that it was purchased by Ehrich "when abroad last summer".
American Art News 4 (September 15, 1906), unpaginated [p. 1], ill., calls it "one of the prize purchases of the year".
Elisabeth Luther Cary. "The Scrip: Some of the Portraits in the Metropolitan Museum." International Studio 37 (April 1909), pp. LIX–LX, ill.
Alfred von Wurzbach. Niederländisches Künstler-Lexikon. Vol. 3, Vienna, 1911, p. 112.
C[ornelis]. Hofstede de Groot. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. Ed. Edward G. Hawke. Vol. 6, London, 1916, p. 580, no. 463.
Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Nicolaes Maes. Stuttgart, 1924, p. 66, pl. 66, dates it to the 1660s; notes the influence of Jordaens.
Alan Burroughs. Art Criticism from a Laboratory. Boston, 1938, p. 104.
Denys Sutton, ed. Letters of Roger Fry. New York, 1972, vol. 1, pp. 26, 251 n. 2 to letter no. 173 (February 18, 1906), p. 255 n. 1 to letter no. 177 (March 2, 1906), lists it among works included in the 1906 exhibition.
Frances Spalding. Roger Fry: Art and Life. Berkeley, 1980, p. 91.
John Pope-Hennessy. "Roger Fry and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Oxford, China, and Italy: Writings in Honour of Sir Harold Acton on his Eightieth Birthday. Ed. Edward Chaney and Neil Ritchie. London, 1984, p. 233.
Walter Liedtke inRembrandt/Not Rembrandt in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Aspects of Connoisseurship. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, "Paintings, Drawings, and Prints: Art-Historical Perspectives."New York, , p. 151, under no. 53, questioningly dates it about 1660.
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), pp. 20–21.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 444–45, no. 112, colorpl. 112, states that "a date in the second half of the 1660s is likely".
Artist: Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, Dordrecht 1634–1693 Amsterdam)Date: ca. 1653Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over red and traces of black chalk (recto); red chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash (verso)Accession: 2005.418.12a, bOn view in:Not on view