The Holy Family are fleeing into Egypt, escaping King Herod’s massacre of male babies in Bethlehem. The souls of those killed - the ‘Holy Innocents’ - accompany them, led by ‘mystic bubbles’ representing Jewish belief in salvation. The large bubble includes images of Jacob's Dream, the Adoration of the Lamb and the Tree of Life. Hunt was inspired by time spent in Palestine, demonstrated in the figures, the donkey and the background. His originality and re-interpreted the Bible for late Victorian England. Hunt designed the picture's frame.


  • Title: The Triumph of the Innocents
  • Creator: William Holman Hunt
  • Creator Lifespan: 1827/1910
  • Creator Nationality: British
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: London, England
  • Creator Birth Place: Cheapside, London, England
  • Date Created: 1876/1887
  • tag / style: William Holman Hunt; Pre-Raphaelite; Triumph of the Innocents; Holy Family; fleeing; Egypt; escaping; King Herod’s massacre; babies; Bethlehem; souls; Holy Innocents; bubbles; Jewish belief; salvation; Jacob's Dream; Adoration of the Lamb; Tree of Life; donkey; Bible
  • Physical Dimensions: w2477 x h1575 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: To see a full chronology of William Holman Hunt’s life please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/pre-raphaelites/scapegoat/chronology.aspx
  • Additional artwork information: To learn more about this artist and his paintings held at the Walker Art Gallery please follow this link to our online feature: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/featuredartists/holmanhunt/
  • Type: Oil paint on canvas
  • Rights: Bought in 1891 with the aid of contributions collected by Harold Rathbone

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