The composition derives from Elsheimer's The Flight into Egypt in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, inv. no. 216 (see Rüdiger Klessmann, Adam Elsheimer 1578-1610, exh. cat., London, 2006, p. 174, cat. no. 36).
The subject is taken from the book of Tobit, chapter V.
The single copper panel is laid down on board. The paint surface is secure with some minor scattered paint losses. The paint has been a little abraded in some areas, notably in the faces of the central figures and the central area of the trees. Some areas where the paint has thinned appear to be retouched however the varnish prevents further examination under UV light. Offered in a modern painted wooden frame in good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."