George Dawe Naomi and her Daughters exhibited 1804

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George Dawe 1781–1829
Naomi and her Daughters
Date Exhibited 1804
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 961 x 769 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1990
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1780

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George Dawe’s painting was among the first he exhibited publicly after graduating from the Royal Academy schools in 1803 with a gold medal for historical painting. Taken from the Old Testament Book of Ruth, Dawe shows the moment when Naomi, returning to Bethlehem, entreats her daughters-in-law Ruth and Orpah to stay in their native city Moab and remarry after the death of her two sons, their husbands. Orpah reluctantly leaves, while Ruth vows to stay loyal to Naomi. While true to the sentiment of the original story, Dawe has dressed his protagonists in fashionable Regency white muslin.

October 2013

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