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 additional illustrations. The design on this woodblock depicts a scene from the book of Ruth in which Naomi entreats her widowed daughters-in-law to make new lives for themselves. One of them, Orpah, heeds Naomi's advice and can be seen heading off, alone, in the distance. Ruth however, vows to stay with Naomi saying, 'Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be be my people, and thy God my God' (Ruth 1:16).

  • 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. SS in monogram.
Golden / Sunbeams
Inscription reverse Handwritten - Written on cardboard and pasted to the block over a layer of paper.
Manufacturer's name edge Engraved -


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites
Colin Cruise 2005 Merrell, London and New York p. 93

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