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Tobit blinded, stained glass panel, Netherlandish, about 1600

Clear glass with brown paint

Height: 270mm
Width: 200mm

Museum number: SG76

Curatorial note

To the left of the composition Tobit reclines on straw beneath a nest toward which a bird is flying. Tobias leans against a stone balustrade next to his dog. Anna, carrying an animal, ascends the steps towards a spinning wheel and a basket with balls of wool. In the background Tobit can be seen removing a body for burial from the door of a house and in the far distance is a view of a town.

Berserik points out less complete versions in the Musée National de la Renaissance, Ecouen, dated 1619, where there are further scenes from a series on the story, as at St Peter, Cassington, (Oxon.), where Tobit is also shown burying a corpse in the background and there are figures in an upper room. In addition, similar versions are at St Mary's, Shrewsbury (Salop.), which also has related scenes from the story, and St John's, Rownhams (Hants.).

Popham suggested ‘16/17 cent. Heemskerck?’ but the design is not in the New Hollstein. The panel possibly belongs to a series with SG9, Tobit Blessing his Son with the Angel Raphael, as the figures and dogs are very similar, although the format is quite different.


Dr C. J. Berserik, correspondence. Sir John Soane's Museum Archive (1998-2002).
William Cole, A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain. Oxford: OUP for The British Academy, 1993. 399, 1886, 2042, 2043, 2044, 2045
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 209

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