Sir Edward Poynter
Joseph before Pharoah 1864

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Sir Edward Poynter 1836–1919
Joseph before Pharoah
Date 1864
Medium Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 175 x 190 mm
Acquisition Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924
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In this image Joseph stands before the Egyptian ruler, Pharaoh, having been sent from the dungeon to interpret the King’s troublesome dreams. Pharaoh is convinced by his explanation and Joseph is released from prison. The lavish surroundings of the Egyptian palace are depicted with a Pre-Raphaelite attention to detail, from the ornate throne to the decorated columns outside the Palace.

The subject matter was typical for Poynter who produced many paintings of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt which he exhibited to critical acclaim at the Royal Academy.

July 2008

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