Noah’s Sacrifice

Noah’s Sacrifice

George Frederick Watts

Wood engraving by the Dalziels [1863–5]; printed from the original block.

9 x 7 inches

Dalziels’ Bible Gallery, plate 4.

Genesis, viii: 20. Another powerful representation, this time showing Noah thanking God for deliverance after the waters subside and about to sacrifice some of the birds and beasts. Watts’s composition has a sculptural effect – as if the praying figures were carved in deep relief. It is noticeable that he is completely uninterested in the background and focuses only on his epic characters.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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