Simmons, William Henry (1811-82; English), after Maclise, Daniel (1806-70; English)
Noah’s Sacrifice 1857
Engraving, c.76 x 95.5 cm
Acquired by 1894
This print reproduces Maclise’s large painting of 1847-53 (Leeds, City Art Gallery).
George Landow, in The Victorian Web, discusses the prominent rainbow as a symbol of the New Covenant, quoting from Victorian commentators, and Milton’s Paradise Lost (book XI).
[comparative photo: Townend impression]
NGV 1894, p.106 (V.Buvelot Gallery, no.9); not listed in NGV 1905
For the impression reproduced here, see http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/478377 (Townend, Cumbria; with photo)
For the Leeds painting see https://www.artuk.org/discover/artworks/noahs-sacrifice-37513 (with a good colour reproduction) and http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/maclise/paintings/1.html (commentary by George Landow, 1st published 2001, as cited above; also noting his own earlier discussion)