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The scene shows Rebecca, great niece of Abraham, offering a large moulded ewer to the kneeling Eliezer and six others. It alludes to an episode in the Old Testament, Genesis 24, when Eliezer has been sent to Mesopotamia by Abraham to find a wife for his son, Isaac, and when he arrived in Nahor in Chaldea he prayed that whoever gave him and his camels water would be an eligible woman. The dog in the picture is an Helian Spinone.
oil on canvas
H 124.5 x W 175 cm
accepted by HM Treasury from Lady Janet Pelham and John Charles Harper, who assumed the name of Douglas-Pennant, in lieu of death duties from the estate of Hugh Napier Douglas Pennant, 4th Baron Penrhyn of Llangedai, and allocated to the National Trust, 1951