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Jephthah's daughter contemplating her virginity and her imminent death, surrounded by woeful attendants with musical instruments. Engraving by P. Lightfoot, 1846, after H. O'Neil.

  • O'Neil, Henry, 1798-1880.
Date
1846
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20812i
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After being condemned to be sacrificed as a result of a rash vow by Jephthah, his daughter asks him: "Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows [her companions]" (Judges 11.37)

On the owner of the painting: "Cyrus Legg (24 July 1813 - 19 September 1889) was a businessman and local politician in south London. Born in the parish of St John Horsleydown, Bermondsey, he entered business as a wool stapler in the City of London. From 1858-1881 he represented Bermondsey on the Metropolitan Board of Works. In 1873 he was Master of the Worshipful Company of Coopers. He died at his home, Rochfort Tower, South Norwood, aged 76."—London wiki online

Publication/Creation

London : Art Union of London, 1846 (McQueen)

Physical description

1 print : line engraving with etching ; image 44.7 x 60.6 cm

Lettering

Jepthah's daughter. From the original picture in the possession of Cyrus Legg, esq. Painted by Henry O' Neil. Engraved by Peter Lightfoot. Art Union of London, 1846.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 20812i

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