The Raising of Lazarus

Oil on board
Dimensions 125cm x 199cm

Unsigned, c.1942

The Raising of Lazarus (or the Resurrection of Lazarus) is one of the miracles of Jesus described in the Gospel of John. In the story Jesus brings Lazarus back to life fours days after his burial.

Len painted this scene in his last year at the Wellington Technical College (now Wellington High School). He was 17 years old. The figure of Lazarus is modelled on Len's maternal grandfather, Arthur Cogswell, who was very unwell at the time. The figure of the young man in the green vest is Len's youngest brother, Frank.

Len attended the Technical College along with both his brothers, Allan and Frank, and the painting hung in the library stairwell. After been held in storage at the High School for the last few decades, the painting was returned to the Mitchell family in 2015.


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