Linnell created some of the great spiritual art of the early 19th century, combining a fascination with Nature and with deep religious feeling. He was famed for his landscapes, finding the Divine in the cycle of the seasons, the land and the changing weather. He also expressed his faith through traditional biblical subjects. Abraham welcomes three strangers to his table: the angels who come to tell him his barren wife Sarah will miraculously bear him a son and he will become father to the Jews. The scene is carefully imagined and furnished, yet Linnell is really fascinated by the fall of light and the effect on colour. Forms seem insubstantial, and the whole immaterial.