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About This Artwork
Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac, 1654/56
Oil on panel
20.9 x 30.7 cm (8 1/4 x 12 1/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson, 1936.123
Art Institute of Chicago, Recent Accessions to the Permanent Collections of the Art Institute, December 22 – January 24, 1937, no cat.
Art Institute of Chicago, Summer Exhibitions: Paintings from the Permanent Collections, July 20 – October 29, 1939, no. 7.
George Scharf, Catalogue Raisonné; or, A List of the Pictures in the Private Apartments of Blenheim Palace; with Occasional Remarks and Illustrative Notes (London, 1862), vol. II, p. 159, no. 58.
Charles Davis, A Collection of One Hundred and Twenty Paintings by David Teniers (From Blenheim Palace): The Property of His Grace the Duke of Marlborough. On Exhibition at Mr. Davis’s Galleries (London, 1884), p. 22, no. 58.
Art Institute of Chicago, Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago: Report for the Year Nineteen Hundred Thirty-Six (Chicago, 1937), p. 40.
George Vertue, “Notebooks,” The Volume of the Walpole Society 26 (1937-1938), p. 135.
Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 445.
Hans H. Aurenhammer, “»Quadri numero sette esistenti nella sagrestia de San Giacomo della Zueca fatti per mano del q. Paulo Veronese«: Zur Provenienz und ursprünglichen Bestimmung einiger Bilder Veroneses und seiner Werkstatt im Wiener Kunsthistorischen Museum,” Jahrbuch des Kunsthistorischen Museums Wien 1 (1999), pp. 163, 170, ill., 181.
Margret Klinge, “David Teniers and the Theatre of Painting,” in David Teniers and the Theatre of Painting, ed. Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen (London, 2006), pp. 25-26, 28.
James Methuen-Campbell, “Early Collections of Teniers’s Copies for the Theatrum Pictorium,” in David Teniers and the Theatre of Painting, ed. Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen (London, 2006), pp. 59-63.
Celia Hilliard, "'The Prime Mover': Charles L. Hutchinson and the Making of the Art Institute of Chicago," Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 36,1 (2010), p. 30, fig. 13.
Louis Marchesano, “The Düsseldorf Gallery and the End of the Galeriewerk Tradition,” in Display Art History: The Düsseldorf Gallery and Its Catalogue, eds. Thomas W. Gaehtgens and Louis Marchesano (Los Angeles, 2011), pp. 61-62, ill.
Presumably John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, died 1722 [it is presumed that he was the purchaser of the Blenheim set of 120 copies made by Teniers as models for engravings forming part of a larger group of small copies after paintings in the collection of Archduke Leopold-Wilhelm]; his daughter, Henrietta, Duchess of Marlborough, certainly by 1728, when the copies were seen by Pierre Jacques Fougeroux [see Methuen-Campbell, 2006, p. 61]; by descent in the collection of the dukes of Marlborough to George Charles Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough, sold, Christie’s, London, July 26, 1886, no. 133 to Thomas Agnew & Sons for £21 [according to annotated catalogue at the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorisch Documentatie, The Hague]; sold by Agnew’s to Charles Hutchinson, Chicago, September 24, 1886, died October 7, 1924 [copy of receipt in curatorial file]; his widow Frances Kinsley Hutchinson, died 1936; bequeathed to the Art Institute in 1936.