Robert DOWLING | Miriam

England 1827 – England 1886
Australia 1834-1857, 1884-1886

Miriam 1864
oil on canvas
91.0 (h) x 70.5 (w) cm
Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria , Presented by Joseph Ware 1892

The subject of this painting comes from the Book of Exodus where Miriam is described hiding her brother Moses in the bulrushes by the Nile to avoid being slaughtered by the Egyptian Pharaoh. Dowling’s image depicts Miriam preparing to take away the child to ensure his survival.