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Watercolour - The Third Temptation
  • The Third Temptation
    Blake, William, born 1757 - died 1827
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The Third Temptation

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1803-5 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and wash on paper

  • 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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 61, box (I)

Physical description

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

Place of Origin

London (probably, painted)


ca. 1803-5 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions


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


Height: 41.5 cm, Width: 39.3 cm

Object history note

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).

Descriptive line

Pen and watercolour by William Blake entitled 'The Third Temptation'. Great Britain, ca. 1803-5.

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

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.
no. 106
Philipps, Michael (ed.), William Blake, 1757-1827 : le Génie Visionnaire du Romantisme Anglais, Paris : Paris Musées, 2009


Pen and ink; Pencil


Wash; Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Religion (concept); Christianity



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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