The story of Elijah, according to the Book of Kings, involves an episode where Jezebel, enraged that Elijah had ordered the deaths of her priests, threatened to kill Elijah. Later Elijah would prophesy about Jezebel's death, because of her sin. Elijah fled to Beersheba in Judah, continued alone into the wilderness, and finally sat down under a shrub, praying for death. He fell asleep under the tree; the angel of the Lord touched him and told him to wake up and eat. When he awoke he found bread and a jar of water. He ate, drank, and went back to sleep. The angel came a second time and told him to eat and drink because he had a long journey ahead of him.

The painter: Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1st Baronet (born Gottfried Kniller; 8 August 1646 – 19 October 1723), was the leading portrait painter in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and was court painter to English and British monarchs from Charles II to George I.

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