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Portrait of a Seated Woman Holding a Fan

about 1650
43 1/8 x 32 1/2 in. (109.54 x 82.55 cm)

Frans Hals (Dutch, about 1581–1666)

Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft
Accession Number: 1931.455

Acquired by James, 4th Lord Talbot of Malahide [1805–1883], Castle Malahide, near Dublin; presumably by descent to Richard Wogan Talbot, 5th Lord Talbot of Malahide [1846-1921], Castle Malahide, near Dublin; probably purchased by A.H. Buttery, 1908 [1]. (Acquired by Sulley, London, 1908). (Acquired by Scott and Fowles, New York, NY); purchased by Charles Phelps Taft [1843-1929] and Anna Sinton Taft [1850-1931], Cincinnati, OH, January 9, 1909; donated to the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 1927 [2]; transferred to the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, September 1, 2006 [3].


[1]. Buttery was picture restorer at the National Gallery, London, whom Talbot hired to examine several of his paintings and probably sold the portrait directly to Sulley. See Taft Museum of Art object file. [2]. The Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts (CIFA) was formed by Charles Phelps and Anna Sinton Taft on March 22, 1927 as a non-profit corporation to stimulate the development of art and music in the City of Cincinnati and run the Taft Museum of Art, which opened in 1932. The Tafts offered $1 million for a permanent endowment fund, on the condition that the community raise $2.5 million in matching funds, which was achieved by December 3, 1928. [3]. Until August 31, 2006, the Museum was owned by CIFA, administered by CIFA’s Board of Trustees, and governed by the Taft Museum Board of Overseers. On September 1, 2006, the Museum legally separated from CIFA and began operations as its own incorporated 501(c)(3) entity. This separate incorporation led to the transfer to the separate entity after August 31, 2006 of all tangible assets comprising the Taft collection.

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