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The Departure of Jacob (Tobias and the Angel) (?)

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As told in the biblical apochryphal Book of Tobit, Tobias goes on a journey from Nineveh to Media to collect money at the behest of his blind father who was fearful of his own imminent death. He is accompanied by sheep, a laden donkey, his dog and the archangel Raphael (who does not reveal his identity until the end of the journey). Tobias is being shown the way which will pass by the River Tigris, where he later catches the fish whose entrails cure his future wife's madness as well as his father's blindness.

This work was possibly painted to commemorate the travels of a family's son. It may have been painted in Italy, and shows the influence of the artist's Neapolitan contemporaries.

National Trust, Stourhead





oil on canvas


H 71 x W 89 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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National Trust, Stourhead

Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 6QD England

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