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Tuesday 16 March 2021

Jan Luyken’s etching, “Elijah’s Sacrifice Consumed by Heavenly Fire”, 1708

Jan Luyken (aka Johannes Luyken; Jan Luijken) (1649–1712)

Elijah’s Sacrifice Consumed by Heavenly Fire” (aka “Elias Offerhande door ´t Vuur van de Hemel verteert”; “Holocauste d'Elie consumé par le Feu du Ciel”—titles inscribed in Dutch and French on the plate]; "Elias’ Sacrificial Hand Consumed by the Fire of Heaven"), 1708, plate 32, from a series of sixty-two Old and New Testament biblical prints first published by Pieter Mortier (1661–1711) in 1708. This impression is from the 1732 edition published in Amsterdam by Jan Covens (1697–1774) and Corneille Mortier (fl.1688–c1743) in “Histoire les plus Remarquables de l'Ancien et du Nouveau Testament” (Most notable stories from the Old and New Testaments).

Etching on fine laid paper with full margins as published on the right, top and bottom, but trimmed unevenly on the left and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 38.8 x 48 cm; (plate) 33.8 x 43.8 cm; (image borderline) 32.1 x 42 cm.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left of centre) “Elias Offerhande door ´t Vuur van de Hemel verteert. I Koningen. XVIII. v. 20.–38.”; (right) “Holocauste d'Elie consumé par le Feu du Ciel. I Rois. XVVV v. 20 … ./ 32.”

State ii (of ii)

Van Eeghen 3717 (Pieter van Eeghen & Johan Philip van der Kellen 1905, “Het werk van Jan en Casper Luyken”, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller & Co., vol. 2, p. 663, cat. no. 3717 []).

See also the description offered by the Amsterdam Museum: &

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression with flattened centre-fold and full margins as published on the right, top and bottom, but trimmed unevenly on the left and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There are minor handling marks in the margins, otherwise, the sheet is in an excellent condition with no significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this extraordinary etching showing heaven sent fire igniting Elijah’s altar while in the background the altar constructed by the prophets of Baal remains unlit—from my understanding of the event, the kindling fire of the altar was a declaration from God to the Israelites to renounce their following of false prophets—for AU$284 (currently US$219.48/EUR183.97/GBP158.59 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this amazing etching of epic proportions, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold 

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