About this artwork

In the Old Testament story, Jephthah vowed that if his Israelite army was victorious in battle, he would sacrifice to God the first thing he encountered on returning home. Having duly defeated the Ammonites, on his approach to the city he was met by his only daughter, who selflessly submitted to her father’s vow. This work belongs to a series featuring female protagonists painted during the artist’s first stay in England.