Esau Meeting Jacob
George Frederick Watts
Wood engraving by the Dalziels [1863–5]; printed from the original block.
7½ x 6 inches
Dalziels’ Bible Gallery, plate 16.
Genesis, xxxiii: 4. The high rhetoric of Noah’s epic task is replaced in this image by a touching representation of a brother’s love. The drama is cleverly conveyed in the contrast between the siblings’ gestures, with Esau stepping forward to kiss his brother while Jacob, taken by surprise, seems to falter.
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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
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