The Martyr

The Martyr, 1885-1886
Edwin Long (1829-1891)
Oil on canvas
BORGM 01347
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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The Martyr

This is the final painting in the Jephthah’s Vow trilogy by Edwin Long. The three paintings tell the Old Testament Story of Jephthah.

This painting shows Jephthah’s despair at the death of his daughter, caused by his terrible oath to God. In the top left corner, angels are carrying the body of Jephthah’s daughter to heaven.

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