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Eliezer and Rebecca

Poussin, Nicolas (painter)

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Eliezer and Rebecca


Poussin, Nicolas (painter) [ULAN info: French artist, 1594-1665]







Technique Description

oil on canvas


height: 96.5 cm
width: 138 cm


1660 to 1665


bought: Blunt, Anthony 1984 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

? 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

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.


  1. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 61]
  2. Cotte, Robert de (1689 ?) Mémoire,
    [comments: Ms Faisant partie des papieres de Cotte, Bibliotèque Nationale Paris. MS.Frs. 9447, fol.210-213 III, p. 152. Published by P.de Chennevières-Pointel, 1847-62, parts reprinted in J. Thuillier, 'Pour un Corpus Pussinianum' Actes II, 1960, p. 203]
  3. Richardson (1722) An Account of the statues.. and pictures in Italy, France, etc,, [page: 186]
    [comments: as 'Rachel']
  4. Brosses, Charles, Conte de (1931) Lettres familières sur l'Italie, Colmar, Paris [page: 456]
  5. Keyssler, Johann Georg (1740-41) Neusste Reisen durch Teutschland, Böhmen, Ungarn die Schweiz, Italien and Lothringen, Hanover [page: 401]
    [comments: translated into English, London, 1760, Vol. II]
  6. Magne, E. (1914) Nicolas Poussin, Premier Peintre du roi, 1594-1665, [page: 204]
    [comments: no. 132]
  7. Blunt, Anthony A Bristol. Une exposition d' art français du XVII siècle, [page: 1]
    Source title: Beaux-Arts (25 November 1938)
  8. Lord, Douglas Une exposition d'art français du XVII siècle à Bristol, [page: 394]
    Source title: L'Amour de l'Art (1938)
  9. Friedlander, W. (1939) The Drawings of Nicolas Poussin. A catalogue raisonné, [page: 4]
  10. Bertin-Mourot, Thérèse Notes et Documents, [page: 73]
    Source title: Bulletin de la Société Poussin (1947)
  11. Blunt, Anthony 'Poussin Studies I: Self Portraits', London? [page: 219]
    Source title: Burlington Magazine (1947)
  12. Bertin-Mourot, Thérèse Addenda au catalogue de Grautoff depuis 1914, [page: 45]
    Source title: Bulletin de la Société Poussin (1948)
    [comments: no. IV]
  13. Haskell, F. 'The dal Pozzo collection, some new evidence', London? [page: 322, 325]
    Source title: Burlington Magazine (1960)
  14. Rinehart, S. Poussin et la famille dal Pozzo, [page: 28]
    Source title: Actes du Colloque Internationale Nicolas Poussin (1960)
  15. Mahon, D. Poussiniana, Afterthoughts arising from the exhibition, [page: 120, 121, 12]
    Source title: Gazette des Beaux Arts (1962)
    [comments: no. 354, no.357, no. 380]
  16. Mahon, D. (1965) A Plea for Poussin as a Painter, Berlin [page: 136]
    Source title: Walter Friedlander sum 90. Gebartstag (
  17. Mahon, Denis 'The dossier of a picture: Nicolas Poussin's Rebecca al Pozzo', [page: 32 ff]
    Source title: Apollo (1965)
    [comments: letter]
  18. Blunt, Anthony (1966) The Paintings of Nicolas Poussin: a critical catalogue, London?: Phaidon Press [page: 1]
    [comments: reproduced, No. 9]
  19. Thuillier, Jacques (1974) L'Opera Completa di Poussin, Milan
    [comments: no. 217]
  20. Blunt, Anthony 'The Complete Poussin - review of Thuillier', London? [page: 761]
    Source title: Burlington Magazine (1974)
  21. Wright, Christopher (1984) Poussin: paintings, a catalogue raissonné, London?: Jupiter Books [page: 233]
    [comments: reproduced, cat. no. 196; listed as Anthony Blunt Collection]
  22. Kitson, Michael (1985) Rebecca and Eliezer by Nicolas Poussin, London? [page: 110-113]
    Source title: National Art Collections Fund Review (
  23. Rosenberg, Pierre (1994) Nicholas Poussin 1594-1665. Catalogue raisonné des dessins, Milan [page: 319]
    [comments: reproduced]
  24. Bruce, Donald Picture Galleries outside London; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, London? [page: 33-38]
    Source title: Contemporary Review (1995)

Accession Number

PD.38-1984 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 2874; Input Date: 2000-03-10 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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