Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,443 items Explore
  • 92 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 10,767 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,212 items Explore
  • 8,530 items Explore
  • 5,005 items Explore
  • 72 items Explore
  • 124 items Explore
  • 10,629 items Explore
  • 13,052 items Explore
  • 4,583 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 5 items
  • 146 items Explore
  • 2,066 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,703 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 19,050 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,867 items Explore
  • 1,108 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 5,608 items Explore
  • 455 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 946 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8 items
  • 18,969 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 74 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 798 items
  • 25 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 148 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 121 items Explore
  • 119 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 811 items
  • 95 items
  • 27 items
  • 6 items
  • 1 items
  • 25,459 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,586 items Explore
  • 1,523 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 157 items Explore
  • 9,199 items Explore
  • 9,674 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 2 items
  • 4 items
  • 6,056 items Explore
  • 5,638 items Explore
  • 4,053 items Explore
  • 1,218 items Explore
  • 927 items Explore
  • 3,478 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,330 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 336 items Explore
  • 789 items Explore
  • 1,053 items Explore
  • 511 items Explore
  • 1,101 items Explore
  • 1,138 items
  • 89 items
  • 126 items Explore
  • 6,962 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 1 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 27 items
  • 61 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 3,040 items Explore
  • 1,489 items Explore
  • 80 items
  • 43 items
  • 19,118 items Explore
  • 1,186 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 839 items Explore
  • 32 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 24 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 314 items
  • 844 items Explore
  • 1,897 items
  • 304 items Explore
  • 2,396 items
  • 2,533 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 4,381 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 31,969 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,312 items Explore
  • 268 items Explore
  • 7,942 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 713 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 158 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,559 items Explore
  • 907 items
  • 18 items
  • 21,583 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 2,335 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,051 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 499 items
  • 3,288 items Explore
  • 107 items
  • 2 items
  • 453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 21 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 76 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 131 items
  • 292 items
  • 852 items
  • 726 items
  • 1 items
  • 368 items Explore
  • 273 items Explore
  • 11,108 items Explore
  • 760 items Explore
  • 6,266 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 6,182 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,317 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,725 items Explore
  • 9,178 items Explore
  • 7,197 items Explore
  • 201 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,000 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 4,154 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,096 items Explore
  • 224 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,487 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 134 items
  • 3,481 items Explore
  • 13,461 items Explore
  • 2,741 items Explore
  • 8 items
  • 9,299 items Explore
  • 37 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,342 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,052 items Explore
  • 3,309 items Explore
  • 2,128 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 38,062 items Explore
  • 635 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 23,271 items Explore
  • 218 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 30 items
  • 122 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 217 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 13,614 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 10,261 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 14 items
  • 25 items
  • 4,531 items Explore
  • 918 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 220 items
  • 687 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 42 items
  • 2,281 items Explore
  • 1,651 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,919 items Explore
  • 146 items
  • 83 items
  • 772 items Explore
  • 3,063 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 10,338 items Explore
  • 22,549 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,374 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 8 items
  • 92 items
  • 10,355 items Explore
  • 3,571 items Explore
  • 2,633 items Explore
  • 4,753 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,886 items Explore
  • 4,025 items Explore
  • 438 items Explore
  • 2,280 items Explore
  • 2,448 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,677 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 223 items Explore
  • 448 items Explore
  • 5,880 items Explore
  • 8,881 items Explore
  • 1,853 items Explore
  • 4,897 items Explore
  • 3,336 items Explore
  • 10,022 items Explore
  • 86 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,584 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,162 items Explore
  • 620 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 17 items
  • 151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 88 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 464 items
  • 1 items
  • 997 items
  • 3,607 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,400 items Explore
  • 47 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 13,700 items Explore
  • 1,200 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 10,546 items Explore
  • 900 items Explore
  • 2,015 items
  • 5,979 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,744 items Explore
  • 1,387 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,569 items Explore
  • 16,057 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 57 items
  • 5,740 items Explore
  • 8,022 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 7,320 items Explore
  • 283 items Explore
  • 13 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 5 items
  • 480 items
  • 183 items Explore
  • 8,320 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 22,452 items Explore
  • 7,003 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 2 items
  • 1,609 items Explore
  • 339 items
  • 334 items Explore
  • 12,228 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 20 items
  • 7 items
  • 4 items
  • 325 items Explore
  • 451 items
  • 184 items
  • 3,615 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,195 items Explore
  • 2,225 items Explore
  • 731 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 1,088 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 251 items Explore
  • 70,225 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,640 items Explore
  • 2,835 items Explore
  • 30 items
  • 3,291 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 17,510 items Explore
  • 5,547 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 626 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 84 items
  • 29 items
  • 318 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,178 items Explore
  • 95 items
  • 815 items
  • 45 items
  • 9,677 items Explore
  • 26 items
  • 17 items
  • 1,167 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 266 items
  • 15,499 items Explore
  • 78 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 6 items
  • 380 items
  • 2 items
  • 626 items Explore
  • 1,643 items Explore
  • 1,032 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 157 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Adam and Eve, Noah, Rachel and Jacob

possibly Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Eleanor Siddal, Mrs Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Holborn 1829 – Chatham Place, London 1862)

Category

Art / Wall paintings

Date

1860 - 1862

Materials

Stud wall, lime plaster and paint layer in an organic medium

Measurements

1800 x 4000 mm

Order this image

Collection

Red House, Kent

On show at

Morrises' Bedroom, Red House, Kent, London and South East, National Trust

NT 60191

Caption

Removal of wallpaper and recent major conservation work has revealed this entire wall painting. Originally only two indistinct figures were discovered behind a fitted wardrobe. It is on the wall of the bedroom that was occupied by William Morris and his wife Jane at Red House where they lived between 1860 and 1865. It is thought to be designed by Morris but executed by Elizabeth Siddal and, possibly, his other Pre-Raphaelite friends who stayed there and decorated. It shows five biblical figures from Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament. Adam and Eve are seen standing next to the tree of good and evil with the serpent of temptation below. Noah is seen holding a small ark representing that which saved his people from the flood. Jacob stands next to the ladder of his prophetic dream with the figure of Rachel, Jacob's favourite wife and Joseph's mother, standing between them.

Summary

Tempera painting on plaster, Adam and Eve, Noah, Rachel and Jacob, possibly by Elizabeth Siddal (1829 - 1862), 1861/2. A mural, painted as if it is a wall hanging showing the folds of material, of biblical figures from the Old Testament's Book of Genesis and complete with tree and serpent, ark and ladder. Lines of words from Genesis have also been uncovered through conservation: 'And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him' (Genesis 7:5); 'And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice' (Genesis 30:6); 'And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth' (Genesis 28:12). It is not known for certain the precise authorship of the figures. Whilst staying at Red House, Elizabeth Siddal recorded that she was engaged in painting a figure. But also in 1861, Ford Madox Brown designed a stained glass window with the figure of Noah cradling an ark for Jesus Church, Troutbeck, Cumbria as one of the newly-established 'Firm's (Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.) earliest commissions for which this figure of Noah could be a prototype. The painting is designed to represent a tapestry, fixed at seven points along the upper part of the south wall, hanging in swags below. The body of the tapestry includes five figures, broadly painted in two groups. From the right there is Jacob with his ladder, Rebecca, and Noah holding a small arc, separated by spindly trees and standing on a green lawn, set again a blue background. Below them is a text from the King James Bible, while over each figure there is a scroll which would originally, it is presumed, have been inscribed with a name. To the left is a second group showing Adam and Eve, on either side of a tree, twisting around which there are the fragmentary remains of a red snake. Adam has his left hand raised to his face and holds an unidentified object in his left hand. Eve has both hands raised to her face. Like the other figures they stand on a grassy lawn, but below there is a red border with no text.

Credit line

Red House, The Morris Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

possibly Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Eleanor Siddal, Mrs Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Holborn 1829 – Chatham Place, London 1862), artist

View more details