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Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Jerusalem.

1872 (painted)

Watercolour drawing

Object details

Object type
TitleTomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Jerusalem. (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Watercolour over pencil heightened with white, and gum
Brief description
Watercolour, `Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Jerusalem.' 1872, by William Simpson RI FRGS
Physical description
Watercolour drawing
  • Height: 27cm
  • Width: 34.4cm
Marks and inscriptions
Inscribed with title, signed and dated W. Simpson. 1872
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A
Object history
According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt Christies, Dec.1973 (via Holder), £31.50'.
Historical context
Probably exhibited at The Pall Mall Gallery, London, `Underground Jerusalem', April 1872 (27), Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, in the Holy Sepulchre. In March 1869 Simpson accompanied Captain Charles Warren on some of his underground explorations of Jerusalem for the Palestine Exploration Fund in order to send illustrations to the ILN: see Autobiography, 1903, pp.210-4, and Illustrated London News 24 April 1869, pp.423?6. In 1872 he held an exhibition, `Underground Jerusalem', at the Pall Mall Gallery, of forty Jerusalem subjects; many were bought for the Palestine Exploration Fund.
See Warren and Wilson, The Recovery of Jerusalem, 1871, and other PEF publications, which included reproductions of his drawings. See also SD.973 & SD.977.
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Record createdApril 4, 2008
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