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The Deluge

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Danby made his name with epic subjects, often on a large scale. This was his last. The subject is from the Old Testament book of Genesis. God sends a flood to punish mankind’s wickedness but allows Noah and his family to be saved. Noah’s ark is in the background, illuminated by a shaft of moonlight. A stormy sea rages round a rocky peak and massive tree branches, to which humans and animals are clinging desperately.

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Date

exhibited 1840

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 284.5 x W 452.1 cm

Accession number

T01337

Acquisition method

Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971

Work type

Painting