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The Soldiers casting lots for Christ's Garments: PD.30-1949

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Current Location: Gallery 13: William Blake's Universe


The Soldiers casting lots for Christ's Garments


Draughtsman: Blake, William




History note: Painted for Thomas Butts (d. 1846); Thomas Butts, Jnr. (d. 1862); his sale, Foster's, 29 June 1853 (92), bt. by R. Monckton Milnes (later Lord Houghton (d. 1885)) (for 14s); his son, later Marquess of Crewe (d. 1945); bt. by W. Graham Robertson from him in 1904; offered for sale at Christie's 22 July 1949 (33); bt. in by the executors (for £945)

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Through the National Art Collections Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 420 mm
Width: 314 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1949) by Robertson, Walford Graham


Production date: AD 1800

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Materials used in production

Grey wash
Indian ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Pen, Indian ink, grey wash and watercolour on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WB inv
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1800
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: in artist's hand

  • Text: John XIXI c. 23 & 24 v (b.r.)
  • Location: Below
  • Text: No 2
  • Location: Verso

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.30-1949
Primary reference Number: 17466
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 19 February 2024 Last processed: Monday 19 February 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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