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Moses Brought to Pharaoh’s Daughter

A work made of various red chalks (one oxidized to black) on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of various red chalks (one oxidized to black) on cream laid paper.




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 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.


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William Hogarth


Moses Brought to Pharaoh’s Daughter


England (Artist's nationality:)

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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 [?]…"


40.6 × 52.5 cm (16 × 20 11/16 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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