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Watercolour - The Resurrection: The angel rolling away the stone from the sepulchre
  • The Resurrection: The angel rolling away the stone from the sepulchre
    Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827
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The Resurrection: The angel rolling away the stone from the sepulchre

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1808 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    The Morse gift

  • Museum number:

    P.7-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 61, box A

Physical description

Pen and ink and watercolour depicting Christ lying naked and flanked by angels, whilst an angel above him rolls the stone away from the sepulchre. Signed lower right: "WB".

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1808 (made)

Artist/maker

Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Two angels in white the one at the head, and the other at the feet / Matw. cn. 28th v. 2nd And below there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door. /17.
Inscribed on mount

Dimensions

Height: 410 mm image, Width: 299 mm image, Height: 553 mm sheet, Width: 443 mm sheet

Object history note

Exhibitions: 'William Blake', BFAC, 1876, no. 65. 'Blake Centenary Exhibition', BFAC, 1927, No. 29. 'British Art', RA. 1934. 'Twee Eeuwen Engelsche Kunst', Stadelyk Museum, Amsterdam, 1936, no. 189. 'William Blake', British Council, Antwerp, Zurich, Tate Gallery, 1947, No. 20.

Provenance: Thomas Butts Collection, Sale Foster's, London 29 June 1853 (lot 134, £2.6.0) ; J C Strange; after 1876, Sydney Morse; Esmond Morse by whose heirs this and P.6-1971 were given to the Museum.

Descriptive line

Pen and ink and watercolour by William Blake (1757-1827) entitled 'The Resurrection: The angel rolling away the stone from the sepulchre'. Great Britain, ca. 1808.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

A. Gilchrist, Life of William Blake, new ed. 1880, 11, p.241, no. 187.
L.Binyon, The Drawings and Engravings of William Blake, 1922, pl. 78.
Reproduced in the Burlington Magazine, CXIV, 1972, p.653, fig.94.
p.92, pl.81
British watercolours : 1750-1950 / Katherine Coombs. London: V&A Publications, 2012

Materials

Paper; Pencil

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Angels

Categories

Christianity; Paintings; Religion

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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