The Art of the Sublime

ISBN 978-1-84976-387-5

Jacob More The Deluge 1787

Jacob More 'The Deluge' 1787
Jacob More c.1740–1793
The Deluge 1787
Oil paint on canvas
support: 1504 x 2046 x 37 mm
Tate T12758
Purchased with assistance from Tate Patrons and Tate Members 2008
More’s paintings were admired for their celebration of the dramatic beauty and power of nature. Here he creates a mysterious, tonal image of watery grey-green on the popular artistic theme of the deluge. A deluge legend, where a great flood is sent as divine retribution to destroy a civilisation, is common to many faiths and cultures. The best known in Britain is the biblical account in the Book of Genesis, where God sends a flood to kill all life, but instructs Noah to build a large vessel, the Ark, to save his family and a representation of the world’s creatures.

How to cite

Jacob More, The Deluge 1787, in Nigel Llewellyn and Christine Riding (eds.), The Art of the Sublime, Tate Research Publication, January 2013,, accessed 26 April 2018.