Netscher, Caspar (Heidelberg 1639 – The Hague 1684). (A Lady at the Toilet Table.) The maid doing the hair of the young lady, adorning it with a ribbon, while this – in silk underdress and with cape – aptly tickles the lap-dog at the head. In the background page serving a cup of tea or coffee. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne. 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Inscribed: Caspar Netscher pt. / A. H. Payne sc. / Verlag v. A. H. Payne, Leipzig., otherwise as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19.2 × 13.2 cm).
After the painting then in Dresden. – Cf. also the quite similar sujet Lady at her Toilet in the Kunstmuseum Basel, classified by Marjorie E. Wieseman as Netscher’s earliest independent work towards the end of his apprenticeship with Ter Borch and dated for 1658/60.
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