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The Ascension: PD.32-1949

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Current Location: In storage


The Ascension


Draughtsman: Blake, William




History note: Painted for Thomas Butts (d. 1846); Thomas Butts, Jnr. (d. 1862); Captain F.J. Butts (d. 1905); offered for sale at Sotheby's, 24 June 1903 (17) (bt. in for £115); bt. by W. Graham Robertson, February 1904; offered for sale at Christie's, 22 July 1949 (38); bt. in by the executors (for £7,350)

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Through the National Art Collections Fund.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1949) by Executors of W. Graham Robertson


Circa 1805 - 1806

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Materials used in production

Indian ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Painted Area Height 425 mm Width 319 mm
Sheet Size Height 523 mm Width 430 mm

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Pen, graphite, Indian ink and watercolour with graphite underdrawing on paper
Pen and ink

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WB / inv
  • Location: Lower left
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Acts I c. 9-10 v
  • Location: Lower right

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.32-1949
Primary reference Number: 17501
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 19 February 2024 Last processed: Monday 19 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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