William Bell Scott

The Eve of the Deluge

1865

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 324 x 445 mm
frame: 620 x 745 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Miss Alice Boyd 1891
Reference
N01322

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William Bell Scott was the son of a Scottish engraver. He came to London in the 1830s where he practised as an engraver and also exhibited pictures. He had close contact with the Pre-Raphaelites and their circle, chiefly through his friendship with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In this picture he contrasts the debauched eastern prince and his court with Noah and his family who, only too aware of the significance of the ominous cloud in the sky, are entering the Ark.

Gallery label, August 2004