[The Departure of Abram and Lot from Egypt.]
London Publish'd as the act directs Feby: 1st: 1777 by F Bartolozzi No. 1 Bentinck Street Berwick St. Soho, & W. Byrne No 69 Wells Street Oxford St.
Engraving, proof before title, sheet 470 x 560mm. 18½ x 22". Trimmed to and within plate at top.
Figures preparing for a journey, near a pool filled from a waterfall over rocks on the right: two men talking on the left, in front of a laden camel, a woman holding a bundle and a pet dog, another behind her holding a child; a third woman sits to right, helping a child to drink while another child leans against her shoulder, a boy driving livestock towards the water in the centre. In the background a man on horseback followed by others, processing towards a distant town with pyramid. An illustration from the Genesis book of the Bible: following the period spent in Egypt, Abram, Sarai, and his nephew Lot returned to the Bethel-Ai area in Canaan. There they dwelt for some time, their herds increasing, until strife arose between the herdsmen. Abram thereupon proposed to Lot that they should separate, allowing Lot the first choice. Lot took the fertile land lying east of the Jordan River and near to Sodom and Gomorrah, while Abram lived in Canaan, moving south to the oaks of Mamre in Hebron, where he built an altar. After Francesco Zuccarelli (1702 - 1788).
From the Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 18269] £280.00