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Portrait of a young woman



The Master of the 1540s





Media category


Materials used

oil on panel


59.5 x 44.9 cm panel; 75.5 x 60.5 x 5.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Dated u.r., oil "...1541"


Gift of James Fairfax AC 1993

Accession number


Artist information

The Master of the 1540s

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact


Hans Wetzlar, Amsterdam/Netherlands, after 1952 and by 1953, not listed in Max J. Friedlander, 'Collection Dr. H. Wetzlar' Amsterdam, 1952. Lent to the exhibition 'Le portrait dans les Pays-Bas' Musée Communal, Bruges 1953

H Becker, circa 1967, by 1967, listed in 'Sammlung Becker I, gemälde alter meister / bearbeitung des kataloges' by Rolf Fritz, Dortmund, 1967, as collection of H. Becker.

Cramer, 1976-1977, The Hague/Netherlands, [dealer]

Artneys International Ltd, 1982, by 1982, Sold to James Fairfax 1982

James Oswald Fairfax AC, 1982-31 Aug 1993, Bowral/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of James Fairfax 1993. Purchased by James Fairfax from Artneys International Ltd 1982

Referenced in 8 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1994, Sydney, 1994, 44.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Art Gallery of New South Wales, The James Fairfax collection of old masters, Sydney, 1992. no catalogue numbers

Richard Beresford and Peter Raissis, The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Sydney, 2003, 114, 115 (colour illus.). 30

Catherin Fisher, Apollo, CXXXVIII, 388, 'James Fairfax: a remarkable collector of old masters', pg.3-8, London, Jun 1994, 5.

Rolf Fritz, Sammlung Becker I, gemälde alter meister, Germany, 1967, (illus.). 44

Stewart Laidler, Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art [vol. 2], 'A 'Portrait of a woman' by the Master of the 1540s - a study using infrared reflectography and X-radiography', Melbourne, 2003.

Musée Communal, Le portrait dans les Pays-Bas, Bruges, 1953, 56, (illus.). 77, pl. 77