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The Dismissal of Hagar

VICTORS, Jan (1619/20 - c.1676)

The Dismissal of Hagar

Media: oil on canvas

Size: fr. 141.8 x 165.5 cm

Acquired: 1975; Gift; Mrs Johanna Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 31

Hagar the maid looks back imploringly at Abraham, the father of her illegitimate son Ishmael.  He is banishing them both to the wilderness at the insistence of his jealous wife Sarah, who lurks in the doorway watching.  A pupil of Rembrandt, Jan Victors is renowned for his theatrical large-scale depictions of biblical subjects.  He was particularly drawn to the emotional drama of this Old Testament scene, and painted it several times.


April Lorraine Taylor-Kent
25 January 2022, 11:47
I am researching a large collection of religious fans for a small magazine for the members of the Fan Circle International and have one illustrating Abraham's dismissal of Hagar and Ishmael which is slightly similar to the painting by Jan Victors and would like your permission to download the image
from your site to illustrate a possible connection of usage by the 18th.C fan painter, please. The magazine is issued twice a year with a print run of approx 220 for members only.The National Museum of Wales would be credited, naturally.
Joon Rhee
10 November 2020, 16:12
For Bible study.
Marc Haynes Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
10 November 2017, 10:37
Dear Yaffa,

Thank you very much for your recent request to reproduce Jan Victors’s Dismissal of Hagar. I have forwarded it to our image licensing team, who will contact you with the details.

Kind regards,

Digital Team
Jaffa/Yaffa Englard
8 November 2017, 22:35

I wish to use an image of the painting "The Dismissal of Hagar" by VICTORS, Jan (Accession Number: NMW A 31) in an academic article "The Expulsion of Hagar: Reading the Image, (Re)Viewing the Story". I will appreciate your help in acquiring a high resolution (300 dpi, tif/jpg) digital image of this painting and a permission to publish it.

thank you,

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