Moses and Eleazar show the brazen serpent on a cross: a man suffering from snakebite is comforted by his wife and child. Photograph attributed to F.W. Edwards, 1895, after G. Tinworth, 187-.

  • Tinworth, George, 1843-1913.
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Old Testament, Numbers 21: 5-9: "And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."

Physical description

1 photograph : photoprint, with gouache ; sheet 49.5 x 19.7 cm


The power of faith. GT. Doulton & Co.

References note

The Stationers' Company, Records of the Copyright Office, 22 January 1895 ("Photograph of a terra cotta panel modelled by George Tinworth 'The power of faith'."... Copyright owner of work: Henry Doulton, Lambeth Pottery, London & Henry Lewis Doulton, Lambeth Pottery, London, trading as Doulton & Co. Copyright author of work: Francis William Edwards. 87 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London. Form Completed 22 January 1895. Registration stamp: 22 January 1895. Dimensions: 51cm x 22cm")--The National Archives, Kew, ref. COPY 1/419/252
Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, London 3: north west, London 1991, p. 155 ("Two low relief terracotta plaques by George Tinworth given in 1930: one exhibited in 1878 Paris exhibition, the other of 1883, formerly in Sandringham church, Norfolk")


Wellcome Collection 3063471i

Creator/production credits

Bears indistinct monogram, presumably of the photographer, bottom left

Reproduction note

According to the website of the church of St Gabriel the Archangel, North Acton, the present photograph is of a sculpture commissioned in the 1870s for the Royal Church at Sandringham, donated in 1930 to the church of St Gabriel the Archangel, though Cherry and Pevsner give a different (but not incompatible) account (loc. cit.)


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