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Eliezer and Rebecca


Poussin, Nicolas; painter; French artist, 1594-1665






1660 1665
Date suggested by A. Blunt, but see C. Sterling and D. Mahon, Poussiniana, c. 1660-61.




painting (image-making)


oil paint; medium
canvas; support


oil on canvas


height, canvas, 96.5, cm
width, canvas, 138, cm
height, frame, 118.1, cm
width, frame, 155.3, cm
depth, frame, 8, cm


bought; 1984; Estate of Anthony Blunt


? Painted for Cassiano dal Pozzo (Blunt) but if Mahon's very late date is correct then it must have been painted for his younger brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo, who was a close friend of Poussin; Private collection, Ireland; ? Calonne, sold Skinner and Dyke, London, 28 March 1795, lot 15; ? E. Perfect (anonymous) sale, Christie's, London, 8 July 1929, lot 73, bt. Duits, London from whom acquired 1933 by Anthony Blunt (when he was told that it came from the Galton Collection, Hadzor Hall, Cheshire - but he thought it more probable that the painting was that which Duits bought at Christie's in 1929

Acquisition Credit:

From the Gow Fund and the University Purchase Fund with contributions from the National Art Collections Fund, The Pilgrim Trust, The Esmée Fairbank Trust, The American Friends of Cambridge University, The Goldsmiths' Company, The Grocers' Company, Ciba-Geigy Plastics and with a number of private donations, encouraged by the Fitzwilliam Museum Trust.



Woudhuysen, P.. 1982. Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Pevensey Pressp. 61

Cotte, Robert de. 1689 ?. Mémoire.
Ms Faisant partie des papieres de Cotte, Bibliotèque Nationale Paris. MS.Frs. 9447, fol.210-213 III, p. 152. Published by Chennevières-Pointel, 1847-62, parts reprinted in J. Thuillier, 'Pour un Corpus Pussinianum' Actes II, 1960, p. 203

Richardson. 1722. An Account of the statues.. and pictures in Italy, France, etc,.p. 186
as 'Rachel'

Brosses, Charles, Conte de. Bézard, Yvonne. 1931. Lettres familières sur l'Italie.Colmar, Paris: p. 456

Keyssler, Johann Georg. 1740-41. Neusste Reisen durch Teutschland, Böhmen, Ungarn die Schweiz, Italien and Lothringen.Hanover: p. 401
translated into English, London, 1760, Vol. II

Magne, E.. 1914. Nicolas Poussin, Premier Peintre du roi, 1594-1665.p. 204
no. 132

Friedlander, W.. Blunt, Anthony. 1939. The Drawings of Nicolas Poussin. A catalogue raisonné.p. 4

Blunt, Anthony. 1966. The Paintings of Nicolas Poussin: a critical catalogue.London?: Phaidon Pressp. 1
reproduced, No. 9

Thuillier, Jacques. 1974. L'Opera Completa di Poussin.Milan:
no. 217

Wright, Christopher. 1984. Poussin: paintings, a catalogue raissonné.London?: Jupiter Booksp. 233
reproduced, cat. no. 196; listed as Anthony Blunt Collection

Rosenberg, Pierre. Prat, Louis-Antoine. 1994. Nicholas Poussin 1594-1665. Catalogue raisonné des dessins.Milan: p. 319

Blunt, Anthony. A Bristol. Une exposition d' art français du XVII siècle.
Source Title: Beaux-Arts(25-November-1938)
p. 1

Lord, Douglas. Une exposition d'art français du XVII siècle à Bristol.
Source Title: L'Amour de l'Art XIX (1938)
p. 394

Bertin-Mourot, Thérèse. Notes et Documents.
Source Title: Bulletin de la Société Poussin(1947)
p. 73

Blunt, Anthony. 'Poussin Studies I: Self Portraits'.London?:
Source Title: Burlington Magazine LXXXXIX (1947)
p. 219

Bertin-Mourot, Thérèse. Addenda au catalogue de Grautoff depuis 1914.
Source Title: Bulletin de la Société Poussin II (1948)
p. 45
no. IV

Haskell, F.. Rinehart, S.. 'The dal Pozzo collection, some new evidence'.London?:
Source Title: Burlington Magazine CII Special (1960)
p. 322, 325

Rinehart, S.. Poussin et la famille dal Pozzo.
Source Title: Actes du Colloque Internationale Nicolas Poussin I (1960)
p. 28

Mahon, D.. Poussiniana, Afterthoughts arising from the exhibition.
Source Title: Gazette des Beaux Arts(1962)
p. 120, 121, 12
no. 354, no.357, no. 380

Mahon, Denis. 'The dossier of a picture: Nicolas Poussin's Rebecca al Pozzo'.
Source Title: Apollo LXXXI 37 (1965)
p. 32 ff

Blunt, Anthony. 'The Complete Poussin - review of Thuillier'.London?:
Source Title: Burlington Magazine CXVI 861 (1974)
p. 761

Mahon, D.. Kauffmann, G.. Sauerländer, W.. 1965. A Plea for Poussin as a Painter.Berlin:
Source Title: Walter Friedlander sum 90. Gebartstag()
p. 136

Kitson, Michael. 1985. Rebecca and Eliezer by Nicolas Poussin.London?:
Source Title: National Art Collections Fund Review()
p. 110-113

Bruce, Donald. Picture Galleries outside London; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.London?:
Source Title: Contemporary Review 267 1554 (1995)
p. 33-38


Object Number: PD.38-1984
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 2874; input: 2000-03-10; modified: 2018-12-07)


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