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Paul Before Felix

A work made of various red chalks on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of various red chalks on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1751

Artist:

William Hogarth
English, 1697–1764

About this artwork

Around 1747 William Hogarth completed a series of history paintings that were much more serious in tone than the satirical works on which he had built his fame. This drawing and Moses Brought to Pharaoh’s Daughter (2013.951) were both likely made after those paintings as studies for engravings. Paul before Felix, showing the apostle’s self-defense, was commissioned for the chapel of Lincoln’s Inn, where lawyers were admitted to the bar. Moses was similarly appropriate for its location, the London Foundling’s Hospital, as it shows the prophet’s mother reluctantly giving him up for adoption.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Hogarth

Title

Paul Before Felix

Origin

England

Date

Made 1746–1756

Medium

Various red chalks on cream laid paper

Dimensions

395 × 515 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection in memory of Lt. Col. Charles Albert Appel

Reference Number

2011.641

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