Signed and dated at left in black chalk, "PLely (the initials in monogram) / 1658".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 201.
Lely studied painting in Haarlem and in 1641 moved to London, where he made his reputation as a portrait painter; he was also a great collector of old master drawings. His own drawings are extremely delicate and refined. This portrait of a young woman demonstrates the artist's exquisite technique and shrewd use of color. Probably a finished work in its own right, the drawing is signed and dated P. Lely / 1658. -- Exhibition Label, from "Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso."
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.