Property of a Gentleman
JACOB GERRITSZ. CUYP
Dordrecht 1594 - 1652 (?)
Moses and the Seven Daughters of Jethro
signed and dated on the well: IG. Cūijp. Fecit / 1633 (JG in ligature)
oil on canvas, unlined
72.5 x 109.1 cm.; 28½ x 43 in.
The canvas appears to have a very old, fine relining, the paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish clear and even. There is a small degree of wear visible throughout. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching to an L-shaped damage in the sky upper left, possibly an old tear, approx. 2 x 5cm. (there is a corresponding repair patch on the reverse of the canvas). There are two further areas of retouching in the sky upper left - in the very corner approx. 6 x 6cm., and just to the right of the aforementioned L-shape 1 x 2cm. The majority of the composition however appears to be largely untouched although older restoration may be masked by the varnish. In overall very good condition. Offered in a plain, ebonised frame in very 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.
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Dr. F. Goldschmidt, Amsterdam, by November 1933;
Anonymous sale, Cologne, Lempertz, 9 November 1960, lot 38;
Art market, Frankfurt, 1963;
Anonymous sale, Frankfurt-am-Main, Artus, 12 March 1965, lot 7, to a private German collector;
Private collection, Germany;
Whence sold, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 4 November 2003, lot 113;
With Jack Kilgore, New York and London, 2004.
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp (1594–1652), 9 June – 15 September 2002, no. 13.
A. Chong, Aelbert Cuyp and the meanings of landscape, doctoral diss., New York University, 1992, p. 543, cat. no. JC 71;
A. Chong and M.E. Wieseman, in P. Marijnissen et al.(eds), De Zichtbaere Werelt. Schilderkunst uit de Gouden Eeuw in Hollands oudste stad, exh. cat., Zwolle 1992, p. 16, reproduced p. 17, fig. 9;
J.W. von Moltke, Arent de Gelder, Dordrehct 1645–1727, Doornspijk 1994, p. 11, reproduced fig. 4;
S. Paarlberg, W. Kloek and A. Chong, in Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp (1594–1652), exh. cat., Dordrecht 2002, pp. 53 and 108, cat. no. 13, and p. 173, cat. no. 25, reproduced in colour p. 53, fig. 55 and p. 109.
This scene is taken from the Old Testament, Exodus 2:16–22. In this work it is possible to discern the influence on Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp, father of Aelbert Cuyp, of the pre-Rembrandtist artists such as Claes Moyaert. The date on the well has also been read as 1635.