Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 25 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 25 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,443 items Explore
  • 90 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 42 items
  • 10,759 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,214 items Explore
  • 8,538 items Explore
  • 5,009 items Explore
  • 72 items Explore
  • 122 items Explore
  • 10,625 items Explore
  • 13,052 items Explore
  • 4,579 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 5 items
  • 146 items Explore
  • 2,065 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,706 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 19,045 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
  • 18,905 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 11 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
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 811 items
  • 95 items
  • 27 items
  • 6 items
  • 25,376 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,500 items Explore
  • 1,524 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 199 items Explore
  • 9,028 items Explore
  • 9,673 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 2 items
  • 4 items
  • 6,053 items Explore
  • 5,641 items Explore
  • 4,057 items Explore
  • 996 items Explore
  • 927 items Explore
  • 3,450 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,326 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 336 items Explore
  • 789 items Explore
  • 987 items Explore
  • 512 items Explore
  • 1,106 items Explore
  • 1,138 items
  • 89 items
  • 126 items Explore
  • 6,963 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 1 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 27 items
  • 61 items
  • 300 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 3,039 items Explore
  • 1,481 items Explore
  • 80 items
  • 43 items
  • 19,018 items Explore
  • 1,172 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 842 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
  • 2,565 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 3 items
  • 4,382 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 31,801 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,314 items Explore
  • 238 items Explore
  • 7,933 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 25 items
  • 710 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 158 items
  • 52 items
  • 20,477 items Explore
  • 907 items
  • 18 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,445 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 2,334 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,051 items Explore
  • 59 items
  • 499 items
  • 3,288 items Explore
  • 83 items
  • 453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 21 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 76 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 6 items
  • 131 items
  • 292 items
  • 866 items
  • 725 items
  • 1 items
  • 368 items Explore
  • 487 items Explore
  • 10,759 items Explore
  • 761 items Explore
  • 6,266 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 5,747 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,299 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,726 items Explore
  • 9,178 items Explore
  • 6,990 items Explore
  • 201 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 1,001 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 4,154 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,096 items Explore
  • 223 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,495 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 696 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 135 items
  • 3,472 items Explore
  • 13,439 items Explore
  • 2,733 items Explore
  • 8 items
  • 9,273 items Explore
  • 37 items
  • 2 items
  • 21,343 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 13,019 items Explore
  • 3,308 items Explore
  • 2,029 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 163 items
  • 37,192 items Explore
  • 635 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 23,269 items Explore
  • 218 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 20 items
  • 30 items
  • 109 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
  • 4,550 items Explore
  • 921 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 217 items
  • 677 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 2,279 items Explore
  • 1,635 items Explore
  • 15 items
  • 1,913 items Explore
  • 146 items
  • 82 items
  • 756 items Explore
  • 3,151 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 10,326 items Explore
  • 22,542 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 1,368 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 8 items
  • 92 items
  • 10,304 items Explore
  • 3,571 items Explore
  • 2,635 items Explore
  • 4,752 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,886 items Explore
  • 4,024 items Explore
  • 439 items Explore
  • 2,280 items Explore
  • 2,453 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,549 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 41 items
  • 223 items Explore
  • 450 items Explore
  • 5,859 items Explore
  • 8,891 items Explore
  • 1,882 items Explore
  • 4,022 items Explore
  • 3,336 items Explore
  • 9,996 items Explore
  • 86 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,577 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,034 items Explore
  • 620 items Explore
  • 62 items
  • 17 items
  • 151 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 88 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 458 items
  • 1 items
  • 995 items
  • 3,579 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,290 items Explore
  • 47 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 42 items
  • 3 items
  • 13,697 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,198 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 10,546 items Explore
  • 900 items Explore
  • 2,016 items
  • 5,843 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,726 items Explore
  • 1,386 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,544 items Explore
  • 16,053 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 47 items
  • 5,740 items Explore
  • 8,023 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 7,300 items Explore
  • 282 items Explore
  • 13 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 461 items
  • 180 items Explore
  • 8,308 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 22,366 items Explore
  • 6,628 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 2 items
  • 675 items Explore
  • 339 items
  • 334 items Explore
  • 12,216 items Explore
  • 55 items
  • 20 items
  • 7 items
  • 3 items
  • 325 items Explore
  • 451 items
  • 183 items
  • 3,615 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,194 items Explore
  • 2,204 items Explore
  • 729 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 1,088 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 251 items Explore
  • 69,714 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,639 items Explore
  • 2,831 items Explore
  • 30 items
  • 3,188 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 17,532 items Explore
  • 5,547 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 627 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 3 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 85 items
  • 29 items
  • 319 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,182 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 816 items
  • 46 items
  • 9,194 items Explore
  • 26 items
  • 17 items
  • 1,170 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 52 items
  • 15,493 items Explore
  • 90 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 6 items
  • 380 items
  • 2 items
  • 618 items Explore
  • 1,643 items Explore
  • 1,009 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