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Prepatory Study for Portrait of Dina Margareta de Bye

Willem van Mieris (Leiden 1662 – 1747 Leiden)
ca. 1705
black chalk and wash on paper
15.9 x 13.3 cm
inventory number

For an entry on this object, see WM-102.

The support, a sheet of off-white laid paper, has been adhered to a ragboard mount along the upper corners, the lower left corner, and center of the lower edge, although it is not possible to determine if it is adhered with hinges or directly with adhesive.

The brown ink framing line surrounding the sheet appears to have been applied prior to the composition. The design layer is executed in transparent gray washes layered in varied gradations and black ink strokes applied with a point of a brush followed by black chalk.  The black chalk has been applied in hatch marks and stumped to enrich the washes in the curtain along the background.

The drawing is signed in brown ink along the lower left quadrant, above the relief.

The drawing has not undergone conservation treatment since its acquisition and remains in an excellent state of preservation.

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