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Religious Emblems / Sinners hiding in the grave

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Sinners hiding in the grave

    Title (series)

    • Religious Emblems
  • Description

    An old man sheltering himself and two others under his cloak, in a rocky tomb, trying to hide from a burst of light on the right; in a border. 1809
    Wood-engraving with letterpress

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1809
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 106 millimetres
    • Width: 143 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image with designer's monogram and engraver's name, below 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: 'Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? / Psalm cxxxix. / 7.'; numbered '17'.
  • Curator's comments

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

  • Location

    British Masters Portfolio

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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