Gerard Hoet

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Gerard Hoet
The Philistines Taking the Ark of the Covenant after Defeating the Israelites: I Samuel 4:1-22
Pen and black ink and wash, over graphite, on paper; the outlines inscribed with a stylus; framing line in black ink.
12 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches (324 x 212 mm)
Purchased on the Gordon Ray Fund.

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Inscribed on the verso, at lower center, in graphite, "G Hoet".
Watermark: Fleur-de-lis in shield, surmounted by crown, over "4" and "WR", (Strasbourg lily), (similar to Heawood, nos. 1803-6: Holland and England, early eighteenth century).

Probably J.D. Pompe van Meerdervoort, Dordrecht, or Jan van Huysum (1682-1749), Amsterdam; probably their sale, Amsterdam, Verkolje...Bosch, 15 October 1749, one of 100 drawings by Hoet in lot; sale, London, Sotheby's, 27 June 1974, lot 161 (to Samuels for £420); acquired from Spencer A. Samuels & Co., New York.

Denison, Cara D., and Helen B. Mules, with the assistance of Jane V. Shoaf. European Drawings, 1375-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, 45, repr.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 383.


The drawing belongs to a series of illustrations of the Old Testament that Gerard Hoet the Elder made for the monumental Bible of François Halma (1653-1722), which was published in five languages in Amsterdam in 1709. The engravings by Joseph Mulder (b. 1659 or 1660) after Hoet's preliminary drawings in Halma's Bible re-appeared, along with engravings after designs by Arnold Houbraken (1660-1719) and Bernard Picart (1673-1733), in the three-volume "Taferelen der voornaamste geschiedenissen van het Oude en Nieuwe Testament" by Jacques Saurin (1677-1730), published by Pieter de Hondt in Antwerp and The Hague between 1728 and 1736. Both this drawing and 1990.2 appeared in Saurin's Bible, the latter on p. 105 of vol. II, and the present sheet on p. 524 of vol. I.

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Mulder, Joseph, 1659 or 1660- engraver.
Meerdervoort, J. D. Pompe van, former owner.
Huysum, Jan van, 1682-1749, former owner.

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