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In West’s depiction of this Old Testament story, King Saul prostrates himself in error as the Witch of Endor summons the ghost of the prophet Samuel, who tells Saul that he will die in his next battle.

Details

  • Title: Saul and the Witch of Endor
  • Creator: Benjamin West
  • Manufacturer: American
  • Date Created: 1777
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 19 7/8 x 25 5/8 inches
  • Provenance: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Bequest of Clara Hinton Gould, 1948.186
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Bequest of Clara Hinton Gould, 1948.186
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Creator 1 death date: 1820
  • Creator 1 birth date: 1738

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