This is one of several versions by Solomon of a scene from the Old Testament Book of Ruth (IV, 14-17). The scene depicts Ruth with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and son, Obed, David's grandfather. It is based on the lines:'The child will be a comfort to you and the prop of your old age, for he has been born to the daughter-in-law who loves you and is more to you than seven sons." And Naomi, taking the child, held him to her breast; and she it was who looked after him.'The illustration was worked up from a drawing in the Birmingham collection (1911P63) executed by Solomon in 1860. The composition also became a painting (private collection). It is one of several illustrations by Solomon for the Bible Gallery which depict tender moments between parents and their children.

A page from Dalziels' Bible Gallery, illustrations from the old testament from original drawings by various artists including Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, Frederick Leighton, Frederick Sandys, George Frederick Watts and Simeon Solomon. Commissioned in 1863, the bible was published by George Routledge & Sons, London, 1881.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Simeon Solomon -
Engraver - Dalziel Brothers
Publisher - George Routledge & Sons


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Dalziels' Bible Gallery
1881 George Routledge & Sons, London pl. 57
Art Pictures from the Old Testament
1894 Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London Repr. p.143. P.143
The British Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators
Gregory Suriano 2005 Oak Knell Press, Newcastle, USA, and the British Library, London p. 230; repr. p. 234
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
Colin Cruise 2005 Merrell, London and New York Cat.35, p. 87, repr.
The Private Library
Simon Cooke Summer 2007 - Fifth series, vol. 10:2, p. 77

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