Pieter de Hooch

(Rotterdam 1629 - 1684 Amsterdam)

An Interior with a Woman preparing to go out, and two Servants by a Fireplace

Oil on panel, 14½ x 19¼ ins. (36.8 x 49 cm)

Sold to a private collector

Gerrit Willem van Oosten de Bruyn (1727–1797), Haarlem
His sale, Haarlem, Vinne, 8 April 1800, lot 8
C.H. Schultz, Frankfurt
His sale, Amsterdam, de Vries, 10 July 1826, lot 40, for 79 florins to Brondgeest
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843), 1820 (not confirmed)
A. J. Mott, Bournemouth, 1947
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 19 December 1947, lot 83, for 3,400 guineas to Duits
Mrs R.A. Constantine, by 1949
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Family Trust'), London, Christie's, 15 April 1983, lot 15, where acquired by the husband of the late owner
Thence by descent
Private collection, United Kingdom, until 2022
Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, London, 8 December 2022, lot 443


C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné...,vol. I, London 1907, p. 538, no. 226
P. Sutton, Pieter de Hooch,London 1980, p. 121, no. B1, reproduced pl. 167 (as tentatively accepted).


Middlesborough, Municipal Art Gallery, on loan 1949
Scarsborough, Municipal Art Gallery, Dutch Festival,June 1960, no. 28.


When Dr. Peter Sutton compiled his monograph in 1980 he was only aware of the painting through an old black and white photograph, but he has recently revised his opinion and endorsed the attribution to Pieter de Hooch on the basis of photographs.