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Henry Ossawa Tanner

Study for Rachel from The Mothers of the Bible
about 1898
charcoal
23 x 13 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

Study for Rachel is a sketch for one of four works featuring Sarah, Hagar, Rachel, and Mary, called "The Mothers of the Bible," which Tanner published in the Ladies Home Journal. The artist, whose father was the Reverend Benjamin Tanner, was raised in a religious African American family, strongly influencing his interest in biblical subject matter.