Adriaen Van der Werff (Kralingen 1659-1722 Rotterdam)
The present plaque was inspired by the painting in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden (gal no. 1823). Ishmael was Abraham's first son, born by Hagar, the Egyptian handmaiden to Sarah, Abraham's wife. Ishmael mocked Abraham's second son Isaac (born by Sarah) and Sarah asked Abraham to banish them both. Provided with bread and water, Hagar and Ishmael were banished to the desert of Beersheba (Genesis, 21:9-21).
Compare Christie's, New York, 26 November 2006, lot 479.