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Christ Rebuking or Calling Saint Peter

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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Peter has fallen to his knees and is looking down in shame, whilst his left hand is raised towards Christ and his right hand is on his breast. Christ is walking towards the right but his head is turned to Saint Peter. This is a lakeside scene with a masted ship on which is a figure with his arm raised.

The painting alludes to the moment when Jesus was at the Lake of Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) and, after catching an enormous amount of fish overnight, Simon Peter fell at Jesus's feet and said 'Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!' Jesus replied, 'Don't be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.' After this, Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John followed him.

National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster




oil on canvas


H 85 x W 109 cm

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bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981

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National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA England

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