This scene from the Old Testament (Genesis, 46, 2) illustrates the moment when Jacob first hears the voice of th Lord. Sandys symbolises the power of God's voice by depicting it as a thunderbolt and a cloud emanating a blindingly strong light. Sandys produced few biblical compositions but in 1861 he was commissioned to design a series of illustrations depicting scenes from the life of Joseph. According to letters from the artist to the engravers he was enthusiastic about the project. However, it never came to fruition. This wood engraving may have been a design orginally intended for the life of Joseph (Betty Elzea, 'Frederick Sandys 1828-1904: a Catalogue Raisonné, pp. 224-5). Ultimately, it was engraved by the Dalziels and published in their Bible Gallery in 1881.

  • Presented by Wilfred Phillips, 1920.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Frederick Sandys -
Engraver - Dalziel Brothers
Publisher - George Routledge & Sons


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Dalziels' Bible Gallery
1881 George Routledge & Sons, London pl. 26
Art Pictures from the Old Testament
1894 Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London p. 46
The British Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators
Gregory Suriano 2005 Oak Knell Press, Newcastle, USA, and the British Library, London p. 325; repr. p. 209
The Private Library, Fifth SeriesThe Dalziels' Bible Gallery
Simon Cooke Summer 2007 The Private Library (Fifth Series) vol. 10:2, pp. 74-75; repr. fig. 4

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