Display caption

The subject of this drawing comes from chapter 19 of the First Book of Kings. Elijah has journeyed into the wilderness and there 'requested for himself that he might die'. He awakes from his sleep under a juniper tree to find an angel summoning him to refresh himself with 'a cake baken on the coals' and 'a cruse of water'. The theme of a failing spirit being regenerated is emphasized by the presence of a rising sun in the distance. This drawing owes a debt to the fifteenth-century German engravings which were much admired by the Ancients. It is close, in many details, to some of Samuel Palmer's drawings of 1824.

September 2004