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Jan Both (Utrecht c. 1618-52)

Landscape with St Philip Baptising the Eunuch c.1640-49

Oil on canvas | 128.6 x 161.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405544

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St Philip shares a ride with an Ethiopian eunuch from the court of Queen Candace; he converts him to Christianity and baptises him by the roadside. The epic landscape supports the narrative – the all-pervading light provides a metaphor for religious faith.

Acquired by George IV in 1811, when Prince Regent