Lot 139
  • 139

Willem Bartsius

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
22,500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Willem Bartsius
  • Abraham pleading with Sarah on behalf of Hagar
  • signed and dated (strengthened?) lower right: .W.BARTSIVS.fet . / .i63i.
  • oil on canvas
  • 120.8 by 89.2 cm.; 47 1/2  by 35 1/8  in.


Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 4 July 1927, lot 128 (as The Sacrifice of Abraham with Sarah, on the promise of Isaac), for 26 guineas;
With Central Picture Galleries, New York;
There bought by Dr. William P. Garred, Onawa Iowa, in 1971;
By whom donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1972 (inv. no. 71.PA.70);
By whom deaccessioned and sold, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 8 May 2007, lot 56, where bought on behalf of the present owner.


Northridge, California State University, Baroque Masters from the J. Paul Getty Museum, 26 February – 20 March 1973, no. 1.


Baroque Masters from the J. Paul Getty Museum, exhibition catalogue, Northridge 1973, p. 1, cat. no. 1 (as The Expulsion of Hagar[?]);
B.B. Fredericksen, `Recent Gifts of Paintings', in The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, vol. 3, 1976, pp. 119, 121, reproduced p. 118 (as possibly Blind Tobit and Anna);
P.C. Sutton, A Guide to Dutch Art in America, Washington 1986, p. 138;
D. Jaffé, Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 1997, p. 6, reproduced;
B van Haute, 'Willem Bartsius and the art of Dutch history painting', in Oud Holland, vol. 121, 2008, no. 4, pp. 218-220, 223, 224, 225, 244, reproduced p. 219, fig. 2.

Catalogue Note

Bernadette van Haute's monographic article, which includes as an Appendix a catalogue raisonné of Bartsius' known works grouped by subject, she points out that this is the earliest signed and dated work by the artist, probably painted when the 19-year old artist was living in Leiden