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St. John the Baptist with the Scribes and Pharisees: 334

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Current Location: Gallery 8


St. John the Baptist with the Scribes and Pharisees


Painter: Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban




History note: In the convent of San Leandro, Seville; bought from the convent by Nathan Wetherall (or Wetherell), an English merchant in Seville, in or about 1810; sold Christie's, 9 June 1827 (107), Gs. 195; on sale with Wetherall's London agent, Bevington, where it was bought by Thomas Purvis, Q.C.; his sale, Christie's, 1 June 1849 (140), bt. John Anderson; acquired from or through W.W. Burdon, of Hartford House, Northumberland

Measurements and weight

Height: 261.2 cm
Width: 178.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1869) by Burdon, W.W.


Production date: circa AD 1655

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

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Support composed of canvas

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

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  • Location: On the scroll, upper left
  • Location: The scroll above the winged lion

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 334
Primary reference Number: 3048
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 24 August 2023 Last processed: Thursday 24 August 2023

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

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