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 Paul before Felix (2011.641) 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.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- William Hogarth
- Moses Brought to Pharaoh’s Daughter
- Made 1751
- Various red chalks (one oxidized to black) on cream laid paper
- Inscribed recto, lower right center, in red chalk: "W.H. 1751"; lower center at edge, in red chalk: "EXODUS CHIIV [?]…"
- 406 × 525 mm
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection