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Judah and Tamar
  • Date: 1840
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 129 x 97.5 cm
  • Object size: 164 x 132 x 17 cm
  • Inv: P346
  • Location: West Gallery III
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Further Reading
  • Exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1843. Tamar, widowed daughter-in-law of Judah, expected to marry his third son Shelah, but Judah kept him from her. When she disguised herself as a prostitute he bought her favours, pledging his ring, bracelets and staff. From their union she conceived twins, from one of whom, Pharez, King David was descended (Genesis XXXVIII, 13-19). See also Vernet, 'Joseph's Coat', P349 - both paintings demonstrate Vernet’s conviction that biblical subjects could be based on contemporary Arab scenes because Arab life had remained unchanged for thousands of years - a conception which was praised but also much criticised during Vernet's own lifetime.