Meeting of Jephthah and his Daughter
London May 2nd. 1892, Published by Fairless & Beeforth. 128, New Bond Street. W. Copyright Registered.
A mixed-method engraving. 674 x 921mm. 26½ x 36¼. Uncut. Mint.
Edwin Long (1829-1891) was born in Bath, had an early and precocious talent for drawing, studied at the RA Schools from 1849, and also was a student under John Phillip, who encouraged him to travel. in 1874 he visited Egypt and Syria, and this was the start of his career as an Orientalist painter. He developed a rich, exotic style, strong in detail and often on canvases of large size, allowing him to show long processions, enormous palaces or sweeps of mountains on an epic scale. His best years were in the 1870s-80s, when he was a popular, successful artist specialising in biblical stories and life in ancient Egypt. He became ARA in 1876 and RA in 1881. Jephthah's victorious return having defeated to the Ammonites, so be met on his return by his daughter, his only child. “And Jephthah made a vow unto the LORD: ‘If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the LORD’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.’ Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the LORD gave them into his hands. He devastated twenty towns … When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of tambourines! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, ‘Oh! My daughter! You have made me miserable and wretched, because I have made a vow to the LORD that I cannot break.’ ‘My father,’ she replied, ‘you have given your word to the LORD. Do to me just as you promised, now that the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites” (Judges 11:30-36, NIV). This picture with The Martyr and Days of Mourning [see ref:14085 & 14094] make the trilogy.
[Ref: 14087] £260.00