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English: Lady Lilith
Lilith, the subject of this painting, is described in Judaic literature as the first wife of Adam. She is associated with the seduction of men and the murder of children. The depiction of women as powerful and evil temptresses was prevalent in 19th-century painting, particularly among the Pre-Raphaelites. The artist depicts Lilith as an iconic, Amazon-like female with long, flowing hair. Her languid nature is reiterated in the inclusion of the poppy in the lower right corner—the flower of opium-induced slumber.
|Date||1866-68 (altered 1872-73)|
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||38 x 33 1/2 inches|
|Current location||Bancroft Collection, Wilmington Society of Fine Arts|
|Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935|
|Notes||Begun in 1864 with Fanny Cornforth as the model, and completed in 1868. Repainted at Kelmscott 1872-3 with the face of Alexa Wilding.|
(Reusing this file)
|Delaware Art Museum|
|Other versions||Version with face of Fanny Cornforth, 1867|
British painter, poet and translator
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