Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish, 1617-1682
Title: The Departure of the Prodigal Son
Date: 1660s
Medium: Oil on canvas
104.5 x 134.5 cm
Credit Line: Presented, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, 1987 (Beit Collection)
Object Number: NGI.4541
ProvenancePossibly acquired by Don Jerónimo de Eguía, Marqués de Narros, who arrived in Seville in 1696 as President of the Casa de Contratacíon; Marqués de Narros, Castillo de Campo Zarana, Zarauz (Guipúzcoa), early ninenteenth century; José de Madrazo, Madrid; Marqués de Salamanca, c.1850; Marqués de Salamanca sale, Paris, 6 March 1867, lots 13-17 (the series) where bought by the Earl of Dudley; purchased, Mr Alfred Beit, 1896; collection Mr. Alfred Beit, Park Lane, London, until 1906 when inherited by his brother, sir Otto Beit, Belgrave Square, London; by inheritance to his son, Sir Alfred Beit, London, 1930; collection of Sir Alfred and Lady Beit , Russborough, county Wicklow, 1953-1987; presented, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, 1987
Exhibition HistoryNational Exhibition of Works of Art, Leeds, 1868

Exhibition of Works of the Old Masters, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1871

Spanish Art, The New Gallery, London, 1895-1896

An Exhibition of Spanish Paintings, The Arts Council, National Gallery, London, 1947

Old Master Piantings from the Beit Collection, National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town, 1949-1950

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Prado, Madrid; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1982-1983

Murillo: The Prodigal Son, The Bowes Museum, Durham, UK, 2020-2021

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