Property from a Belgian Private Collection
WILLEM DE POORTER
Haarlem 1608 - after 1648
Delilah giving orders to cut Samson's hair
oil on oak panel
55.4 x 69.9 cm.; 21¾ x 27½ in.
The bevelled panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish only slightly discoloured. There is visible retouching along a horizontal split or join at the centre of the painting, which runs the width of the panel. There is evidence of some wear in the darker pigments, as well as in the background. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick varnish underneath which the aforementioned retouching is confirmed. It further reveals extensive retouching in the triangular shadow centre left, and a patch in the wall just above this, and in the beam and roof upper right. There are also scattered retouchings in the main group of figures, most notably the faces of Samson and Delilah and the 2 soldiers and kneeling woman on the right, and in the group of soldiers on the far right, and most notably the wall surrounding them. In overall fair condition. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame in good condition.
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Probably with Galerie Sickingen, 1819;
Probably Kuranda, 1908.
Probably W. Sumowski, Gemälde de Rembrandt-Schüler, vol. IV, Landau/Pfalz 1983, p. 2406, under cat. no. 1602.
The prime version of this composition is in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin (inv. no. 820 A), and varies slightly in certain details, for example in the placement of the group of soldiers in the background.