This woodblock was originally engraved for an illustration to be used in the 'Dalziels' Bible Gallery' (pub. 1881). However, it was not included in the original book. It was ultimately published in 1894 in 'Art Pictures from the Old Testament,' a new version of the 'Bible Gallery' with an accompanying text and additional illustrations. Solomon's design is based on Genesis xviii, 1-16. In this passage Abraham is visited by three angels. He prepares a meal for them and they tell him that his wife Sarah, though elderly, will give birth to a son. The design on the woodblock shows Abraham giving directions to the three angels at the end of their visit.

  • Acquired through the Executors of J N Hart, c.1965.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Designer Simeon Solomon -
Engraver - Dalziel Brothers


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
SS / DalzielSc
Signature bottom right Engraved - SS in mongram. Engraved in reverse.
10/ Genisis/ Chap [writing covered by print/ drawing of image stuck on block] / Abraham & the/ 3 Angels/ Dalziel
Title reverse Handwritten - Dalziel written top to bottom. Writing in the hand of the brothers Dalziel. Some writing covered by a print or drawing of the design which has been stuck to the block. In the top right corner the angels head can be seen and in the top left a tree.. Ink.
Manufacturer's name edge Engraved -

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