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A young woman sits, one delicate hand outstretched and holding an almond to feed to a parrot. On one finger she has a thimble – she has stopped sewing to feed the bird, an African Grey that hunches over, assessing her gift with a beady eye. The model used for the young woman is thought to be Cunera van de Cock, who married Frans van Mieris in 1657.

The National Gallery, London



about 1663


Oil on copper


H 22.5 x W 17.3 cm

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Acquisition method

Bought, 1871

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The National Gallery, London

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London WC2N 5DN England

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