Jan Van Neck Dutch 17th.Century Pen And Ink Drawing

Jan Van Neck
Dutch School
Pen and Ink Drawing on laid paper
Hagar and Ishmael
18.5 by 12 cms.

Jan Van Neck (1635-1714) Was a Dutch Golden Age Artist. He was born in Naarden and became a painter, draftsman, engraver, and interior decorator. According to Houbraken his father was a doctor who apprenticed him to Jacob Adriaensz Backer to learn draftsmanship. He painted historical allegories, portraits, and scenes of naked women bathing. Houbraken liked especially an altarpiece in the Wallonian Catholic church of Amsterdam by his hand. Houbraken wrote that he was a friendly man with many entertaining stories, and he consulted him as a source for his books while he was bedridden. He mentions also that Neck was a great friend of Dirck Ferreris, whose collection of drawings and papierkunst or paper-art (probably paper-cuts) came into his possession on his death.

Hagar is a biblical person in the Book of Genesis. She was an Egyptian handmaid of Sarai (Sarah), who gave her to Abraham to bear a child. The product of the union was Abraham’s firstborn, Ishmael, the progenitor of the Ishmaelites. She is considered Abraham’s second wife in the Islamic faith and acknowledged in all Abrahamic religions. In mainstream Christianity, she is considered a concubine to Abraham.