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Doetechum, Jan van, the elder; Doetechum, Lucas van (after Hans Bol)
Tobias and the Angel Arriving at Raguel’s House; No. 4 in a Series of 6: The Story of Tobias
around 1565

In the fourth print in this series dedicated to the Book of Tobit the action centers around the arrival of Tobias and the angel at Raguel’s house and the former’s marriage to Sarah. As Tobias and the angel make their way up a path to reach their destination, they pass by a variety of figures mounted on horses and others carrying stock on their backs or in carriages. As in the previous print in this series, a tall tree is placed toward the left side of the composition to draw attention to the nearby events. In the immediate foreground, Tobias stands across Sarah as Raguel offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to Tobias. Raphael, Edna and a group of men bear witness to this ceremonial event. All of the figures stand near the porch that serves as an entrance to Raguel and Edna’s home. This towering building is quite sophisticated and differs greatly from Tobit’s humble abode (featured in other prints in this series). Behind this scene, in an interior setting, the same group of people sit around a table and are about to be served dinner to honour Tobias and Sarah’s wedding. On the opposite side of the image, an attractive castle with its drawbridge lowered leads the viewer’s eyes toward the ships on the horizon.

 
Doetechum, Jan van, the elder; Doetechum, Lucas van (after Hans Bol)
Deventer, Netherlands–Deventer, Netherlands 1600; Deventer, Netherlands–Deventer, Netherlands 1584
Tobias and the Angel Arriving at Raguel’s House; No. 4 in a Series of 6: The Story of Tobias
around 1565
Engraving, state 1 of 1
overall: 23.7 cm x 32.4 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.023

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