Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693)

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

Dutch, about 1670-80

Pen and brown wash

20.5 x 32.5 cm


The subject is from the ‘Kings’, XVII: 10.

This drawing shows the biblical story from Kings during which the Lord directs Elijah to the town gates of Zarephath where a widow has been directed to provide him with bread. A miraculous event occurs when the little flour oil the widow has left will not be exhausted until rain fails on the land. Now attributed to Maes, the drawing is one a stylistically coherent group of Rembrandt-esque ink drawings formerly ascribed to Jan Victors (1620-76).

Purchased in 1937 (No. 37.9)


We show a rotating selection of works on paper in our two dedicated exhibitions spaces. If you wish to view a work not currently on display, you can make an appointment to see it in the Prints and Drawings Study Room, which is equipped with viewing lecterns and a study/seminar table.


The study room is open to students, scholars and members of the general public, individually or in small groups, by prior appointment only. The room has tables and chairs to facilitate private study or seminars.


Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4:30pm
Groups welcome – but limited to 12 people at any one time, please!


Appointments: or +44(0)121 424 7350


Related Posts