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 is based on Exodus Xii, 3-10. In this passage God instructs each Jewish household to kill and cook an unblemished male lamb. In addition, they are to mark their doorposts with its blood so that they will be spared from the plague of the firstborns. This was one of the ten plagues which God unleashed on the Egyptians when Pharaoh refused to free the enslaved Israelites.

  • 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
Signature - Engraved - SS in monogram. Inscription in reverse.
40 / The [title covered by paper stuck down]/ [reference covered by paper] 12 / Dalziel
Title reverse Handwritten - Dalziel written bottom to top. The writing is in the hand of the brothers Dalziel.. Ink.
Manufacturer's name edge Engraved -

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