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MILLAIS, Sir John Everett (1829 - 1896)
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 127.0 x 162.7 cm
Acquired: 1964; Bequest; Isadore Stone
Accession Number: NMW A 180
The Israelite general Jephthah was forced to kill his only daughter after he rashly promised he would sacrifice to God the first thing he saw on his return home if he was victorious in battle.
At the Royal Academy in 1876, this painting was exhibited with the quotation 'Alas, my daughter! Thou has brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me, for I have opened my mouth unto the Lord, and I cannot go back'. (Judges XI, 35)