When Pierre van Hanselaere returned to Ghent in 1829, he was a celebrated painter and immediately appointed professor at the Royal Academy. For the rest of his life, he painted mainly portraits, and some religious and historic pieces.

During his stay in Italy—in Rome and for several years in Naples, as court painter for the Neapolitan king—he painted the local life: poachers, brigands, or this Young Woman with Hat and Grapes. It was put up for auction in December 2006 with an estimate of €12,000–15,000, but not sold.

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