Provenance Research

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Samson and Delilah, probably 1609
Oil on panel
20 1/2 x 19 7/8 in. (52.1 x 50.5 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Leyman Endowment, 1972.459

Signed lower right: "PPR"

In a candlelit interior, Delilah sits on the ground at the left with Samson asleep on her lap. A young man cuts Samson's hair as an old woman holding a candle looks on. In the right background Philistine soldiers enter through an open doorway. A sculpture is placed in a niche at the back left.


April 11-13, 1791:   (Possibly Le Brun sale, Paris, April 11-13, 1791, no. 73)
1930s-November 25, 1966:   Anonymous Collection, England, sold at Christie's, London, November 25, 1966, no. 66, to [1]
November 25, 1966:   (Hallsborough Galleries, London; Thomas Agnew & Sons, London; and Pinakos, Inc., New York, sold to [2])
1966-1972:   Private Collection, London, consigned to
September 1972:   (Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, sold to)
1972-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] Reportedly found in an antique shop in York in the 1930s.

[2] Correspondence with Agnew's, June 18, 2001, explains the joint purchase and sale of the painting in 1966.

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