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The Laborer of Gibea Offering Hospitality to the Levite and His Wife

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Signed lower left


By the mid-1930s, private collection, Germany; until 1984, by descent within the family to a private collection, London [see note 1]; February 22, 1984, sold from the private collection to Johnny Van Haeften, Ltd., London; November 15, 1984, sold by Johnny Van Haeften to Linda and Gerald Guterman, Bedford Hills, N.Y.; January 14, 1988, Guterman sale, Sotheby's, New York, lot 40, to Otto Naumann, Ltd., on behalf of the MFA. (Accession Date: February 24, 1988) NOTES: [1] According to a letter from Johnny Van Haeften to the MFA (May 19, 2004), the painting belonged to a German Jewish family that emigrated to England in the mid-1930s, taking the painting with them. In 1984 the family sold the painting to Johnny Van Haeften through an intermediary.

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Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund


162 x 188 cm (63 3/4 x 74 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas