Lot and His daughters

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When the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed Lot's wife defied the angels' command and looked back; she is turned into a pillar of salt. Her daughters now believed they were the only ones left in the world so needed to procreate. They got their father drunk and slept with him, each conceiving a son. Here one of his girls stands offering him a goblet, as part of the seduction, whilst another is lying on the ground holding an amphora, containing, no doubt, more wine.

Henry Hoare, the owner of the picture, deliberately hung this early copy of the original painting by Lagrenée (now lost) as a pendant (pair) to Lagrenée's own picture of Susannah and the Elders to demonstrate its quality and the young artist's ability.

National Trust, Stourhead



Lot and His daughters




oil on canvas


H 40.5 x W 33 cm

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gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946

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