from the Elector Max Emmanuel de Bavière and supplied a number of overdoors for Nymphenburg and Schleissheim.
The subject of this picture is taken from the book of Exodus (II 16-22): Jethro’s daughters while drawing water at the well for their father’s flock, are chased away by a group of Midianite shepherds. The young Moses came to their rescue and in return Jethro gave him his oldest daughter Zipporah for a wife. A smaller painting of the same subject by the artist is now at the Musée de l’Hotel Sandelin in Saint Omer, France.
Baron de Vanballe sale Paris, 9th April 1781, lot 80 (‘Ce tableau est d’une grande finesse et du meilleur faire de ce Maître’);
Williot sale Paris, 26th February 1788, lot 6;
Art market Paris and New York 1959;
Private Collection, UK
Possibly exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1704
Antoine Schapper, ‘Nouvelles acquisitions des musées de province. Musées de Saint-Étienne. A propos d’un tableau de N. Bertin.’, La Revue du Louvre et des Musées de France, nos. 4-5, pp. 358, note 7.
Thierry Lefrançois, Nicolas Bertin 1668-1736, Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1981, cat. 4, p. 102.