The Infant Moses, from "Dalziels' Bible Gallery"

Various artists/makers

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This wood engraving is based on an oil titled "Moses" that Solomon exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1860 (now Delaware Art Museum), when he was only nineteen. Part of the second generation of Pre-Raphaelites, and from a Jewish family, the artist's early subjects were inspired by the Hebrew Bible, and strove for ethnic and archaeological accuracy. The harp and pottery vessel hanging by the window, for example, derive from Assyrian carvings at the British Museum, and the features of both mother and sister were based on those of a relative, Fanny Cohen. Solomon's conception emphasizes the loving familial bonds that later will draw Moses from a life in Pharoah's court, back to assume leadership of the Children of Israel.

The Infant Moses, from "Dalziels' Bible Gallery", After Simeon Solomon (British, London 1840–1905 London), Wood engraving on India paper, mounted on thin card

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