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)