Sir Godfrey Kneller
Elijah and the Angel 1672

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Sir Godfrey Kneller 1646–1723
Elijah and the Angel
Date 1672
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1765 x 1486 mm
frame: 2174 x 1900 x 150 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1954
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1650

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Born in Germany, Kneller trained in Amsterdam and settled permanently in England in 1676 where he became the leading portrait painter of his day. This rare example of a narrative painting by Kneller is very Dutch in manner and subject. He valued it enough to bring it to Britain and display it at his house at Whitton, Middlesex. It depicts the Old Testament prophet Elijah who fled into the wilderness to escape the vengeance of Queen Jezebel. Hungry, he fell asleep and was woken by an angel who showed him bread and water sent by God to save him from starvation.

February 2016

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