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. The index to the book cites Leviticus xxiii, 33-43 as the basis for this design. On the reverse of the block itself is written 'Leviticus 23 - 39' suggesting that the source is the line: 'also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days.' However, the design does not match the text very closely and it is unclear if it was the inspiration for the composition.

  • 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
Signature Front Engraved - In reverse.
5b / The Feast of the Tabernacles / Leviticus 23-39 / Dalziel
Inscription reverse Handwritten - Small fragments of paper (possibly a drawing) are stuck to the back of the block. The writing is in the Dalziel brothers hand.. Ink.
Manufacturer's name edge Engraved -

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