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The Third Temptation

ca. 1803-5 (painted)
Place of origin

Pen and ink, pencil and wash on paper entitled 'The Third Temptation'. Great Britain, ca.1803-5.

Object details
Object type
Materials and techniques
Pen and ink, pencil and wash on paper
Brief description
Pen and watercolour by William Blake entitled 'The Third Temptation'. Great Britain, ca. 1803-5.
Physical description
Pen and ink, pencil and wash on paper entitled 'The Third Temptation'. Great Britain, ca.1803-5.
  • Height: 41.5cm
  • Width: 39.3cm
Production typeUnique
Marks and inscriptions
  • WB (signed)
  • An exceeding high mountain (Inscribed at top of mount)
  • Then the Devil leaveth him &, behold, angels came & ministered / unto him (Inscribed at bottom of mount)
  • Mattw. ch: 4th. v. 11th. (Inscribed at bottom of mount)
Credit line
Purchased with the aid of contributions from the National Art-Collections Fund and from the funds of the Captain H B Murray Bequest
Object history
Was formerly in the collections of Thomas Butts, Captain Butts and W. Graham Robertson. Sold at Christies, 22nd July 1949, in the Graham Robertson Sale (Lot 6).
Subjects depicted
Literary referenceThe Bible. St Matthew, IV, II.
Bibliographic references
  • Robertson, W. Graham The Blake collection of W. Graham Robertson, described by the collector London: Published for the William Blake Foundation by Faber and Faber, 1952. 263p. 64 plates.
  • Original works by William Blake. 1949 July 22 London: Christie's, 1949.
  • Butlin, Martin The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1981. Cat. 476, pl.557.
  • Bindham, David Blake as an Artist Oxford: Phaidon, 1977. 256p.
  • Michael Phillips and Catherine de Bourgoing, William Blake. le Génie visionnaire du romantisme anglias Paris: Paris-Musées, 2009. ISBN: 978-2-7596-0077-9.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1950, London: HMSO, 1962.
  • Philipps, Michael (ed.), William Blake, 1757-1827 : le Génie Visionnaire du Romantisme Anglais, Paris : Paris Musées, 2009no. 106
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Record createdFebruary 25, 2009
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