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The Biblical story illustrated by this painting is told in Exodus, Chapter 17, and describes how Moses instructed Joshua to battle with Amalek whilst Moses held the rod of God on a nearby hilltop.
This painting is almost certainly the same as in an auction list for the sale of contents of Aberglasney Mansion, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire on the 1st to the 3rd of April 1908. Lot 201 in the auction was 'A very large oil painting ''Aaron and Hur supporting Moses' arms in the Wilderness'' 13 x 10 ft, with an exceptionally massive frame, by Brigstocke of Carmarthen'. A work of the same subject was also painted by Henry Singleton (1766–1839) and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1832.
Moses with His Arms Supported by Aaron and Hur
oil on canvas
H 260 x W 368 cm
purchased or gift, 1908–1912