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Lady with a fan
oil on canvas
67.7 × 51.2 cm
inscribed in black paint c.r.: GTB (monogram)
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1946
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Gallery location
Not on display

With J. B. van den Bergh (dealer, d. 1833), AmstEarly and Modern Dutch painterserdam, by 1833; probably J. B. van den Bergh sale, Amsterdam, 15 July 1833, no. 242; included in exhibition of Early and Modern Dutch painters, Guildhall Gallery, London, 1903; collection of Martin Rikoff, Paris, by 1907; Martin Rikoff sale, Galerie Georges Petit, F. Lair Dubreuil (auctioneer), Paris, 4-7 December 1907 (sold 4 December), no. 22; from where purchased by Galerie F. Kleinberger (dealer), Paris, 1907; collection of Martin and Eleanore Bromberg (neé Kann, d. 1918), Hamburg, by 1913[1]; collection of Dr Max J. Emden (1874–1940), Hamburg, prior to 1938; possibly purchased by Ali Loebl (of Galerie F. Kleinberger), Paris by 1938; half interest acquired by Wildenstein & Co. (dealer), London, 1938–44[2]; purchased from Wildenstein & Co., on the recommendation of Daryl Lindsay, for the Felton Bequest, 1945.

[1] The bulk of the Bromberg collection was inherited from Eleanore Bronberg’s uncle Rodolphe Kann. An internal memo by Joseph Duveen 25 November 1923 describes a visit to the dealership by a Mr Aboucaya, a relative who had married into the Bromberg-Kann familes. He offered 4 paintings for sale, including Lady with a fan, then titled Portrait of a woman standing. See Getty Research Institute, Duveen Brothers records, 1876-1981 (bulk 1909-1964). Series II. Correspondence and papers. Series II.A. Files regarding works of art: Bromberg Collection, Hamburg, Van Dyck, Steen, Rembrandt, Rubens, ca. 1923–37, accessed:

[2] Offered to Sir Sydney Cockerell for purchase by the Felton Bequest, 1939, but rejected. See correspondence Felton Bequest Correspondence, 8 June 1939.

In seventeenth-century Dutch portraits of women, virtue is often signalled by the presence of a devotional book. The book in this portrait by ter Borch is a bible, indicated by the silver clasps and catches on its binding. It is presumably a copy of the States Bible, the 1637 translation of the Old and New Testaments from the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic into standard Dutch. The States Bible immediately assumed a central place in Calvinist families. Daily readings were made from it after meals and it was also used in schools.