William Holman Hunt

Eliezer and Rebekah at the Well, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers


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William Holman Hunt 1827–1910
Wood engraving on paper
Image: 178 × 137 mm
Presented by Gilbert Dalziel 1924

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Hunt devoted his life to biblical art, yet this is the only work he produced for the Bible Gallery. The story of Eliezer and Rebekah is told in Genesis. Eliezer is sent by Abraham to find and bring back to Canaan a bride for Abraham’s son Isaac.

Hunt illustrates the moment when Eliezer, who is resting from his travels, meets Rebekah. She offers him water and he at once realises that she is the woman ordained to be Isaac’s wife. Hunt makes this evident from her beauty and the unbroken water jar, a symbol of her virginity.

Gallery label, November 2004

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