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By the Waters of Babylon
By the Waters of Babylon

Photo credit: De Morgan Collection

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This scene illustrates the Biblical story of the Exile of the Jews in Psalm 137:
'By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there, we hung up our lyres
For there our captors required of us songs,
And our tormentors, mirth, saying “Sing us one of the Songs of Zion
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?"'

Grosvenor Gallery list wording as 'we hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof'.

The figure in blue on the left-hand side was modelled by Jane Hales.
Title

By the Waters of Babylon

Date

1882–1883

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 89.5 x W 167 cm

Accession number

P_EDM_0007

Acquisition method

gift

Work type

Painting

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De Morgan Collection

England

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