The story of Rebecca from the National Gallery of Art (in reference to a painting of the same name):
The story of Rebecca at the well comes from the Book of Genesis. The aged Abraham, wanting a wife for his son Isaac, sent his servant Eliezer to his homeland of Mesopotamia to find a suitable woman. Tired after his long journey, Eliezer stopped at a well and prayed for guidance. When Rebecca offered water to Eliezer and his camels, the old steward recognized her as the appointed bride and presented her with the betrothal jewels offered by the kneeling servant.
The photograph I’ve posted with this blog entry is actually from my family. The woman portraying Rebecca is my first cousin, three times removed, Rebecca “Peg” Skirving. The photograph was taken in the late twenties by her step-father, Joe Harrison.
I’ve always found artistic representations of ancient stories fascinating and magnetic. Museums full of these sorts of things swallow me whole whenever I visit them, and I’m usually dragged out kicking and screaming.
It’s probably why my avatar of John Collier’s painting of Lilith has stuck with me, and why I like Kate‘s avatar of Collier’s painting of Lady Godiva so much.
I bring this up for a reason, not just because I think I’m in love with the ghost of my distant cousin Rebecca (she died back in 1998 at 87 years old and I actually never met her).
It’s actually because this portrait of Molly somehow reminds me of Collier’s Lilith.
I’d actually like to ask Molly if she would do a depiction of that painting (the snake would be an issue, though!), but I’m not sure of the etiquette of making such a request.
Can anyone help me out here? Would it be rude to ask her?