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Genesis (XXXI, 17–18) recounts how Jacob left his father-in-law Laban, for whom he had worked for twenty-one years in Haran, Syria, and returned with his wives, possessions and cattle to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. Jacob can be seen seated on a horse at the centre of the composition, gesturing towards his favourite wife Rachel. She is shown suckling the infant Joseph and riding a white horse.
oil on canvas
H 133.5 x W 180 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1845; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897