Inscription: Signed and dated (at right, above ruff): .N.MAES. / 1657
sale, Christie's, London, April 11, 1968, no. 122, as "Portrait of a Lady," for 700 gns. to Koetser; [David? Koetser, London, 1968–about 1970; sold to Shickman]; Herman and Lila Shickman, New York (about 1970–2004)
Sarasota. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. "Dutch Seventeenth Century Portraiture: The Golden Age," December 4, 1980–February 8, 1981, no. 44 (lent by Lila and Herman D. Schickman [sic]).
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.
William H. Wilson. Dutch Seventeenth Century Portraiture: The Golden Age. Exh. cat., John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Sarasota, 1980, unpaginated, no. 44, ill., as a portrait of Margaretha de Geer in her mid-seventies.
Werner Sumowski. Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler. Vol. 3, B. Keil–J. Ovens. Landau/Pfalz, 1983–[94?], pp. 1957–58, 2027, no. 1391, ill., as a portrait of an elderly woman, rejecting Wilson's [see Ref. 1980] identification of the sitter as Margaretha de Geer.
William W. Robinson. "Nicolaes Maes: Some Observations on His Early Portraits." Rembrandt and His Pupils. Ed. Görel Cavalli-Björkman. Stockholm, 1993, pp. 104, 116 n. 21, as one of six portraits by Maes that are dated 1657, and as "Maes's only early portrait on the scale of a miniature".
León Krempel. Studien zu den datierten Gemälden des Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693). Petersberg, Germany, 2000, pp. 287–88, no. A28, fig. 91, as a portrait of an elderly woman, noted as one of the few miniatures by Maes that are known or recorded.
Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), p. 65.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 442–43, no. 111, colorpl. 111.