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Young Woman Holding a Book of Music

Young Woman Holding a Book of Music

17th century

Gabriel Metsu

Dutch, 1629-1667

Crayon on paper
13 9/16 x 9 7/16 in. (34.5 x 24 cm)
LeRoy M. Backus Collection
Provenance: Lord Northwick (Lugt 2445); V. Koch, London; A. Conger Goodyear, New York; LeRoy M. Backus collection; bequest from Mr. Backus to Seattle Art Museum, accessioned 1952
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryNew York, New York, Knoedler Gallery, Holland Indoors and Outdoors, Jan. 1938. Cat. no. 18, reproduced as frontispiece [lent when in collection of A. Gonger Goodyear].

San Francisco, California, Golden Gate International Exposition, Master Drawings: An Exhibition of Drawings from American Museums and Private Collections, 1940. Text by Annemarie Henle. Cat. no. 70, reproduced.

New York, New York, Schaeffer Galleries, Master Drawings, 15th to the 19th Century, Apr. 1941.

Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, 1946.

New York, New York, Schaeffer Galleries, The Backus Collection, Nov. 1948. Cat. no. 49, reproduced.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Le Roy M. Backus Memorial Collection, 1952. Cat. no.12, reproduced.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Old Master Drawings From the Seattle Art Museum Collection, Feb. 7 - Mar. 30, 1980 (Owensboro, Kentucky, Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, Aug. 30 - Oct. 4, 1981; Claremont, California, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Nov. 14 - Dec. 18, 1981; San Diego, California, San Diego Museum of Art, Jan. 1 - 30, 1982; El Paso, Texas, El Paso Museum of Art, Mar. 1 - Mar. 29, 1982; Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, May 8 - June 5, 1982; Baton Rouge, Louisiana Art and Science Center, June 27- July 23, 1982; Littleton, Colorado, Northern Colorado Gallery for the Arts, Arapaho Community College, Sept. 3 - Oct. 1, 1982). Text by Erna Mandowsky. Cat. no. 26 [as “In the style of Gabriel Metsu”], p. 20.
Published ReferencesTietze, Hans. European Master Drawings in the United States. New York: Augustin, 1947; no. 79, reproduced.

Regteren Altena, Iohan Q. van. “Gabriel Metsu as a Draughtsman.” Master Drawings 1 (Summer 1963): pp. 13-19.

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