Oil painting on oak panel, The Calling of Andrew and Peter (?a left wing of an altarpiece) by a follower of Rogier van der Weyden (c. 1399-1464), circa 1440. Formally inscribed with text in Flemish, now illegible. The first two disciples stand, left, behind Christ, who wears a blue robe. He turns towards them and points to the entrance of his dwelling within the doorway of which the Virgin Mary is seated sewing. The picture, which is probably the left wing of an altarpiece, was formally entitled Christ in the House of Martha, but the biblical source for the text is more likely to be St John i: 37-39, where the two disciples of John followed Jesus, 'came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day'. It companion picture is also at Upton.
George Wilson Sunderland (?), possibly by inheritance from a Miss Scrutton of Soulton, Yorkshire, or by marriage c.1810 to a Miss Slater (of Sunderland); thence to his nephew, Charles Wilson, and in turn to his son William Wilston, of Wickham Bishops, Essex; by whom evidently sold to Frank T. Sabin; sold 23 February 1923, lot 71 as Robert Campin; acquired by Lord Bearsted in June 1923 for £5,000 (attributed to Dirk Bouts); given with Upton House to the National Trust by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882 – 1948), in 1948, shortly before his death
Upton House, The Bearsted Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
follower of Rogier van der Weyden (Tournai c.1399 – Brussels 1464), artist
previously attributed to Dieric Bouts the elder (Haarlem c.1415 – Louvain 1475), artist
previously attributed to Robert Campin (c.1375/79 – Tournai 1444), artist
previously attributed to Stockt, Vrancke van der (South Netherland before 1420 - 1495) , artist