The Raising of Tabitha

The subject is taken from the Acts of the Apostles. The central figure is Saint Peter who is about to give his hand to Tabitha and lift her up. She was a disciple of Joppa who had died, but after Peter prayed for her and said ‘arise’, she returned to life and sat up. The man on the right is showing coats and garments Tabitha had made as a child. The man on the left could be one of those who brought Peter from Lydda to Joppa.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1535 - 1555
Full title
The Raising of Tabitha
Date made
possibly about 1540
Medium and support
Oil on oak
25.3 × 42.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Michael Sadler through the Art Fund in memory of Lady Sadler, 1931
Inventory number
Location in Gallery