The subject of this wood engraving is dervied from Genesis 14:17-21. In this passage Abram returns truimphantly from saving his kidnapped brother and is blessed by Melchizedek, King of Salem. Like many of Solomon's works it shows his interest in religious ceremonies and priests. Melchizedek is a king but is also a described in the Old Testament as a "priest of God Most High."

  • 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 Routledge & Sons, London pl. 8
Art Pictures from the Old Testament
1894 Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London Repr. p.11
The British Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators
Gregory Suriano 2005 Oak Knell Press, Newcastle, USA, and the British Library, London p. 330; repr. p. 234
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
Colin Cruise 2005 Merrell, London and New York Cat. 84, p.128, repr.; p. 85

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