Artist attributed to Caspar Netscher, Dutch, ca. between 1636 and 1639 - 1684
  • Courtship
Date ca. 1665
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 19 1/4 × 17 1/4 inches (48.9 × 43.8 cm)
Framed: 26 1/4 × 24 1/4 × 2 7/8 inches (66.7 × 61.6 × 7.3 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Alfred J. Fisher
Accession Number 67.114
Department European Painting
On View Dutch Golden Age S380, Level 3 (see map)
Signed Signed, center left on base of column: G Netscher
January 11, 1773, sold by (Basan, Paris, France) auction Lebrun, lot 13 [for 2,100 livres];
Ralph Bernal (London, England);
May 8, 1823, sold by (Christie's, London, England) auction Bernal, lot 27;
1929, (Howard Young Galleries, New York, New York, USA) no. 8293;
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1967-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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