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ID number:  BIRBI-37.9
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  attributed to Maes, Nicolaes (1634-1693)
Title / Object name:  Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
Object type:  Drawing
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  about 1670-80
Materials:  Pen and brown wash
Measurements:  205 x 325 mm
Provenance:  Collection of A.W.M. Mensing; sold by Messrs F. Müller and Co., Amsterdam, 22 April 1937 (lot 577); purchased from Messrs. P. & D. Colnaghi, 1937, for £35
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The subject is from 'Kings', xvii: 10. This drawing shows the biblical story from Kings, xvii during which the Lord directs Elijah to the town gates of Zarephath where a widow has been directed to provide him with water and bread. A miraculous event occurs where the little flour and oil the widow has left will not be exhausted until rain falls on the land. Now attributed to Maes, the drawing is one a stylistically coherent group of Rembrandtesque ink drawings formerly ascribed to Jan Victors (1620-76).

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscribed l.r.: No. 30.

Notes:  This drawing should be compared with one of An Old Man Playing a Hurdy-gurdy, &c. in the British Museum (Catalogue of Drawings by Dutch and Flemish Artists, I, 1915, p. 94 and pl. LXIII), which has an old attribution to Victors and is very similar in style and technique. - Barber Cat. 1952

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