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 when it appeared in 'Art Pictures from the Old Testament.' This was a new version of the 'Bible Gallery' with an accompanying text and twenty-seven additional illustrations. The design on this woodblock depicts the scene in which Abraham prepares to sacrifce his only son son Issac as a sign of his devotion to God. Just as he is about to kill Isaac, he is stopped by an angel who tells him not to hurt his son because he has already proved his devotion. Instead they sacrifice a ram, which can be seen caught in a thicket in the foreground.

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


Association Artist Organisation
After a design by Simeon Solomon -
Engraver - Dalziel Brothers


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
S / DalzielSc
Signature Front Engraved - In reverse.
15/ [Ge]nesis Chap 22 v12/ Abraham's Sacrifice/ Dalziel
Title reverse Handwritten - Dalziel written top to bottom in the hand of the Dalziel brothers.. Ink.
Manufacturer's name edge Engraved - Inscription very faint.

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