The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • (Jean-Louis-) Ernest Meissonier (1815 - 1891)
  • Isaiah
  • France
  • c. 1838
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 33.5 x 21 cm, excluding black surround
    Object size: 32 x 39.5 x 5.5 cm
  • Signature: 'EM' in monogram
  • P297
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • Exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1840 and dated c.1838 by the historian Constance Cain Hungerford. Isaiah was a Hebrew prophet of the 8th century B.C. Traditionally he was the author of the Old Testament Book named after him. One of Meissonier’s few religious subjects, this is a study for a steel engraving in Léon Curmer’s edition of Bossuet’s 'Discours sur l’histoire universelle' (1841). The conception owes much to Michelangelo.