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Head of an Old Woman (so-called portrait of the artist's mother)

Cornelis Visscher (Dutch, 1619/29–1662), Attributed to Jan [Johannes] de Visscher (Dutch, about 1636–after 1692)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hollstein xl.188 171, ii/iv; Smith 129; Wuss. 57 ii; D. 129


11.4 x 9.1 cm (4 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.);

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and engraving

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



According to Christiaan Schuckman, compiler of the Hollstein volume on Cornelis Visscher, the plate is largely etched by Johannes Visscher. He attributes the burin work to Cornelis Visscher. In the stock list of Claes Claesz Visscher II: Oudt Wijfs Tronie, door ditto. [Corn. de Visscher; Kunst-Printen, op halve Bladen, gemeen Papier.] cf. Johannes Visscher: Hollstein XLI, nos. 146-147. Other title: Het Vischvrouwtje.


In plate at bottom: Cornelius de Visscher ad vivum delineavit,
et fecit aqua forte.
Nicolaus Visscher Excudit.
Later inscriptions or marks: Verso LC in graphite pencil: 134 [encircled]
Verso LL stamped in red ink--mark of Sewall, Lugt 1309


PDP Watermark Type: Arms of Amsterdam


Henry F. Sewall (1816-1896, New York, Lugt 1309); acquired 1897

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund