Joseph Mallord William Turner Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Burning Fiery Furnace exhibited 1832

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Title
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the Burning Fiery Furnace
Date Exhibited 1832
Medium Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions Support: 918 x 708 mm
frame: 1230 x 1040 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00517
Not on display

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Turner exhibited this picture in 1832, with a passage from the Bible (Daniel iii, 26). This told how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego emerged unharmed from the fiery furnace they had been thrown into for refusing to worship Nebuchadnezzar's idol (visible in the distance).

Turner painted this to accompany a biblical picture by his friend George Jones, shown in the same exhibition (and also now in Tate's collection). Jones described this as 'Another instance of Turner's friendly contests in Art', adding that though the Hanging Committee gave Turner's picturethe best position, Turner had them swapped so that Jones would benefit.

February 2004

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