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Religious Emblems / The Daughters of Jerusalem

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Daughters of Jerusalem

    Title (series)

    • Religious Emblems
  • Description

    Two women standing on the right, listening to a third who lies love-stricken under a palm tree on the left, one hand on her heart; in a border. 1809
    Wood-engraving with letterpress

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1809
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 75 millimetres
    • Width: 113 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image with engraver's monogram, above image with letterpress for the title, followed by a quotation in Hebrew; below the image 'C. Nesbit sculpt. / Published by R. Ackermann, 101, Strand' and with a quotation: 'I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him, that I am sick of love. / The Song of Solomon, v. 8.'; numbered '14'.
  • Curator's comments

    For more information on the series, see 1871,0812.2569.

  • Location

    British Masters Portfolio

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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