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Object: Bathsheba bringing Abisag to David
Series: Houghton Gallery
David, naked to the waist and sitting up in a luxurious bed, holding up his right hand and looking to right at an aged Bathsheba, who gestures to the partially draped Abishag, the young woman kneeling by the bed and looking down; swagged curtains and ornamentation above and to left, trees seen over a wall to right; coat of arms in panel at bottom; after Adriaen van der Werff; scratched letter proof. 1779
Mezzotint with etching
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Height: 625 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 458 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From 'The Houghton Gallery', see 2005,U.109 for comment.
According to Wessely, confusion over the inscription sometimes led to the print being referred to as Sara bringing Abigail to Abraham, or Abraham and Hagar.
After the 1699 painting by Adriaen van der Werff 'Sarah leading Hagar to Abraham' in the Staatsgalerie, Schleißheim; see Barbara Gaehtgens, 'Adriaen van der Werff 1659-1722', Munich, 1987, cat.no.51.
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