Jephthah Met by His Daughter
Based on the Old Testament book of Judges

William Blake, English, 1757 - 1827

c. 1803

Pen and ink and watercolor over graphite on paper

Sheet: 14 1/4 x 16 3/8 inches (36.2 x 41.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Thomas Tonner, 1964

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This scene, derived from the Old Testament book of Judges, shows the painful greeting of the soldier Jephthah and his daughter. Jephthah had vowed to God that if he was victorious in battle he would offer as a sacrifice whoever came out of his house first to meet him.