This episode is taken from the Old Testament (Exodus 2: 5). Moses is discovered after being hidden in the bulrushes by the River Nile to save him from Pharaoh's decree that all Hebrew boys be killed.

The composition seems to derive from Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's treatment of the same scene (Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland), and the influence of Paolo Veronese is also evident.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1709 - 1787
Full title
The Finding of Moses
Date made
after 1740
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
53.7 x 80.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Alfred de Pass, 1920
Inventory number
NG3542
Location in Gallery