Amnon, a son of King David, desired his half-sister Tamar. Faking illness, he asked her to come and cook for him, and then raped her.

He was later killed in revenge by Tamar's brother Absalom (2 Samuel 13).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active from about 1711/12
Full title
The Rape of Tamar by Amnon
Date made
after 1718
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
59.8 x 49.4 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Augustine Sargent, 1919
Inventory number
NG3404
Location in Gallery