Frederic, Lord Leighton
The Spies Escape published 1881

Artwork details

Date Published 1881
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 168 x 181 mm
Acquisition Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
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Here Leighton illustrates the story from the Book of Numbers which describes the plight of the Israelites as they approach Canaan, the land promised them by God. He shows two spies who have been sent by God to search out Canaan; they are about to flee the walled city that they find inhabited by man-eating giants.

Leighton was enthusiastic about being involved in the project to produce an illustrated Bible. He made nine designs for the volume which the Dalziels described as ‘among the finest of his works in black and white’.

November 2004

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