Moses defending the daughters of Jethro bears signature 'Verkulie' (lower left) oil on panel 49 x 70.8cm (19 5/16 x 27 7/8in).
We are grateful to Alastair Laing for suggesting that the present work is by Nicolas Bertin (Paris 1668-1736). Of the three known paintings by the artist of this subject, Laing identifies this painting as that sold by Baron de Vanballe, Paris, 9 April 1781, lot 80: (described as 'Ce tableau est d'une grande finesse et du meilleur faire de ce Maître'); and later in the Williot sale in Paris on 26 February 1788, lot 6 (see: T. Lefrançois, Nicolas Bertin (Paris, 1981), p. 102, cat. no. 4). It later came up on the art market in Paris and New York in 1959. The painting may also be further identified with that exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1704.