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Wood Engraving - Dalziels' Bible Gallery - Abraham and Isaac

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1920P713.2.13
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1862c - 1881

Maker Information

Artist:Simeon Solomon - View biography for Simeon Solomon
Engraver:Dalziel Brothers - View history
Publisher:George Routledge & Sons - View history


The subject of this illustration is taken from Genesis 22:1-3. This passage recalls the episode in which God orders Abraham to take his son Isaac to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him. Here, Isaac is oblivious to his fate. 'Visualising the contrast between Issac's confidence in his father's love and Abraham's anguish [Solomon's design] shows the father delicately kissing his son's hand while caressing his head' (Simon Cooke, 'Dalziel's Bible Gallery' in 'The Private Library,' vol. 10:2, p. 77).

Solomon had used this episode as the subject of three previous compositions: a pen-and-ink drawing (c. 1855, The Jewish Museum, London), an oil painting (exhibited at the RA in 1858) and a watercolour (c. 1858). The drawing, though cruder with far less detail, depicts father and son in a similar manner.

Presented by Wilfred Phillips, 1920.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Wood engraving on India paper, in bound volume.
Material(s):India paper


Height:179 mm
Width:135 mm