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This painting illustrates the parable of the Good Samaritan from the Gospel of St Luke. The Samaritan has bound the wounds of an injured man attacked by robbers and is helping him to his feet. Heading off into the distance behind them are the priest and the Levite, who have ignored the man’s plight.The painting was made for the aristocrat John Sheppard, possibly for a private chapel in his home at Campsey Ashe in Suffolk. This makes it is a comparatively rare example of a sacred subject commissioned from a British artist by a secular patron.

May 2007