11 June 2004
John Faed, R.S.A. (1820-1902)
Boaz and Ruth
signed with monogram (lower right)
oil on board
8½ x 10 5/8 in. (21.5 x 27 cm.
Patrick Dudgeon, Cargen House, Newabbey.
with Alexander Gallery, London.
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M. McKerrow, The Faeds, 1982, pp. 33, 146.
Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1860, no. 226.
Ruth was a Moabite woman and the great-grandmother of David. The Book of Ruth in the Bible relates how she was married to a Hebrew immigrant in Moab. After his death she travelled to Bethlehem where she was allowed to glean corn in the fields of Boaz, a rich farmer. Even though she was surrounded by young men in the fields she managed to preserve her virtue and so impressed Boaz that he adopted her as a kinsman and eventually married her.
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