Moses Keeping Jethro’s Sheep

Moses Keeping Jethro’s Sheep

Edward Poynter

Wood engraving by the Dalziels.

7 x 6¼ inches

Dalziels’ Bible Gallery, plate 26

Exodus iii:1. Moses in a serene mood, caring for Jethro’s sheep during his period as a shepherd. The classical torso typifies Poynter’s style. There is a strong contrast between the violence of the previous plate and the pastoral scene shown here, with Moses stroking the muzzle of a ram. The evidence of husbandry is measured against the wild ruggedness of the landscape.

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