Portrait of Nurse Nelly, Jan Toorop, 1894

Portrait of Nurse Nelly, Jan Toorop, 1894

pen, h 510mm × w 435mm. More details

Petronella Alida Goudkade, ‘Nurse Nelly’, married the writer Ary Prins in 1894. Toorop may have made this portrait of her shortly before her wedding. Nelly worked as a parish nurse in a Hague hospital. Behind her is a vague fanciful pattern of birds. This type of portrait is one of the first of a long series that Toorop would continue to make in the following years.

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