Jacob's Dream

Object Number: 
ca. 1852
Oil on canvas
Overall (Canvas): 51 x 70 in. (129.5 x 177.8 cm) Framed: 56 in. × 6 ft. 3 in. × 2 in. (142.2 × 190.5 × 5.1 cm)
Gallery Label: 
The subject is taken from Genesis 28:11-12, which describes Jacob's journey from Beersheba towards Haran: "An he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it."
"Fine Art Gossip," The Literary World, Vol. 2, October 1847, p. 205. "The Chronicle: American Art and Artists," Bulletin of the American Art-Union, Series for 1851, No. III, June 1851, p. 50. "The Fine Arts. Exhibition of Paintings by the National Academy of Design," New York Herald, April 21, 1852, p. 3. "Fine Arts. The National Academy of Design," The Albion, Vol. II, No. 17, April 24, 1852, pp. 201-2. "The Fine Arts. Exhibition of the National Academy of Design," The Literary World, May 1, 1852, p. 316. New York Tribune, June 7, 1852, p. 5. Horwitz, Orville, Brushwood, Picked up on the Continent: Or, Last Summer's Trip to the Old World, Philadelphia: J.B. Linppincott & Co., 1855, pp. 150-5. Weed, Thurlow, Letters from Europe and the West Indies, 1843-62, Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1866, p. 558. Detroit Institute of Arts, Travelers in Arcadia: American Artists in Italy 1830-1875, Detroit: 1951, pp. 59-60. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. III, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 177-8.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Luther Terry, in the name of the late Mrs. Eliza Hicks Rieben
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group