The Resurrection: The angel rolling away the stone from the sepulchre

Watercolour
ca. 1808 (made)
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On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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".


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Materials and Techniques
pen and ink and watercolour
Brief Description
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.
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".
Dimensions
  • Image height: 410mm
  • Image width: 299mm
  • Sheet height: 553mm
  • Sheet width: 443mm
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)
Credit line
The Morse gift
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
  • Coombs, Katherine British watercolours : 1750-1950 . London: V&A Publications, 2012p.92, pl.81
Collection
Accession Number
P.7-1972

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