Jacob and Rachel at the Well

Spanish17th century

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

This work relates to Murillo's great cycle of large landscape paintings on the theme of the Story of Jacob from the Book of Genesis. The scene captures the moment when Jacob sees Rachel standing by a well with her father's flocks and immediately falls in love with her. Probably painted by a contemporary within his circle in Seville, this painting was listed as by Murillo in the Britton Inventory of 1813.


  • Title: Jacob and Rachel at the Well
  • Date: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w1492 x h930 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Spanish
  • Support: Canvas
  • School: Spanish
  • Provenance: ?London, Christie's, B. van der Gucht sale, 14 Mar. 1788, lot 64 ('Murillo's Jacob and RachelÉ ex-prince de Conty [which seems to be a confusion with DPG272]; his sale, London, Christie's, 11 Mar. 1796, lot 49*; London, Christie's, Earl of Bessborough sale, 6 Feb. 1801, lot 70; London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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