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Pieter de Hooch (Rotterdam 1629-Amsterdam 1684)

A Courtyard in Delft at Evening: a Woman spinning 1657

Oil on canvas | 69.3 x 53.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405331

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The setting for this utterly convincing courtyard is provided by two Delft landmarks visible in the background – the tower of the Town Hall and the spire of the New Church. It is easy to see how de Hooch’s paintings appealed to the impressionists: an inconsequential scene of daily life with an effect of direct sunshine, conveyed through intense primary colours.

Acquired by George IV in 1829