On display

The Scapegoat (1854-1856)

The Scapegoat (1854-6) is a painting by William Holman Hunt which depicts the "scapegoat" described in the Book of Leviticus. On the Day of Atonement, a goat would have its horns wrapped with a red cloth - representing the sins of the community - and be driven off.

He started painting on the shore of the Dead Sea, and continued in his studio in London. The work exists in two versions, a small version in brighter colours with a dark-haired goat and a rainbow, held by Manchester Art Gallery,[1] and a larger version in more muted tones with a light-haired goat held by the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.