The Adoration of the Shepherds

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)
National Trust Inventory Number 872112

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date circa 1615 - circa 1620
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 533 x 419 mm (21 x 16 1/2 in)
Place of origin Flanders (Belgium from 1830)
Collection Saltram, Devon (Accredited Museum)
On show at Saltram, Devon, South West, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, The Adoration of the Shepherds, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 – Antwerp 1640), circa 1615-20. The Holy Family at the left, with putti in the clouds above. The shepherds approach from the right. In the foreground a kneeling peasant girl offers the child an egg. A copy after an engraving by Lucas Vorsterman probably from a lost modello for Rubens's altarpiece originally painted for the Capuchin Church in Aachen, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, 1620.


Presumably one of the pictures that, according to the 1819 Catalogue, were acquired in Rome in 1750/51 for the first John Parker by (Sir) Joshua Reynolds(although evidence) and thence by descent; given to the National Trust as part of the endowment by Montagu Brownlow Parker, 5th Earl of Morley (1878-1962)

Credit line

Saltram, The Morley Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: An old label on the back of the frame describes SAL.P.39 as: Pittura dell Nativitate Christ e Adorazzione...dapinto par Carlo Dolci.. pallazzio di Cardinal Quirini a Roma

Makers and roles

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640), artist
previously catalogued as manner of Jacob Jordaens (Antwerp 1593 – Antwerp 1678), artist
previously catalogued as attributed to Carlo Dolci (Florence 1616 – Florence 1686), artist


Rubens e l'incisione nelle collezioni del Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe, Villa della Farnesina, Rome 1977, no. 125
Le siècle de Rubens dans les collections publiques françaises, Grand Palais, Paris 1977-78, no.124
Rooses 1892 Max Rooses, L'Oeuvre de P. P. Rubens, Antwerp, 1886 & 1892 , vol. V [1892],pp.148-49 & repr.p.382).

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Periods 17th century (33413)
Maker Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640) (96)
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Carlo Dolci (Florence 1616 – Florence 1686) (17)
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