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Lot and His Daughters

Date: 1799-1800
Dimensions:
frame: 10 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (26 x 37.5 cm.)
Medium: pen and tempera on canvas
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Inscribed on verso as noted in Butlin 1981, p. 319: Genesis XIX c. 31 & 32v [The painting is currently backed by a thick paper mat and the Butlin information cannot be confirmed.] Signed in lower right: inv/WB [in monogram]
Object Number: 000.55
Label Text:Lot, drunk and asleep, rests in a cave (Genesis 19). One of his daughters, having fallen into sinful desires, begins to lift her father's loincloth. In the distance on the right are the burning cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the tiny figure of Lot's wife turned to a pillar of salt. Blake painted over 50 temperas on Biblical themes for his chief patron, Thomas Butts.
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