The subject of this illustration is taken from Genesis 21:14. It depicts the moment when Hagar, a concubine, and her son Ishmael are sent away Abraham. They are dismissed at the insistence of his wife, Sarah, who had just given birth to Issac. The design was commissioned by the Dalziel brothers in the early 1860s for their 'Bible Gallery.' Due to many delays the book was not published until 1881. Solomon had already tackled the same subject in a small pen-and-ink drawing (1857, private collection). In this version Hagar is much less meek and is shown with the shackles of her former bondage.

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


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


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Signature - Printed 1881 Ink.


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Dalziels' Bible Gallery
1881 George Routeldge & Sons pl. 12
Art Pictures from the Old Testament
1894 Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London Repr. p. 19
The British Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators
Gregory Suriano 2005 Oak Knell Press, Newcastle, USA, and the British Library, London p. 330; repr. p. 233
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
Colin Cruise 2005 Merrell, London and New York Fig 24, p.79, repr.
The Private Library
Simon Cooke Summer 2007 - Fifth series, vol. 10:2, p. 77

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