Rebekah drawing water from the well – or the woman of Samaria?

Genesis 24:45 King James Version (KJV)

“45And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. 46And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also. 47And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.”

John 4:11-12 King James Version

“11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?”

From the Historic England entry:


Date first listed: 19-Aug-1986

Drinking Fountain. 1861. Sculpted by Wills Bros and cast by Coalbrookdale Foundry. Circular granite bowl on baluster base, carrying bronze figure of woman of Samaria.

Andrew Davison04 July 2018 at 13:24

This drinking fountain, at the north end of Blackfriars bridge, was commissioned in 1861 by the Metropolitan Free Drinking Fountains Association, an organisation founded in 1859 by MP and philanthropist Samuel Gurney to provide pure drinking water for the people of London. The Association, which had strong links to the Temperance movement, was renamed the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association in 1867, in recognition of its concern for animal welfare. At this time the horse was the preferred mode of transport for many people, while cattle were still herded through the streets on the way to Smithfield market.

The fountain is crowned by a statue of Rebekah drawing water from the well, and features some rather attractive dolphins supporting the polished granite bowl.”


“The girl is Temperance, and this fountain was presented in 1861 by no less than Samuel Gurney, founder of what later became the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain Cattle and Trough Association. It originally stood by the Royal Exchange, and was brought here in 1911.”

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