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Joseph of Arimathea among the Rocks of Albion: P.393-1985

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Joseph of Arimathea among the Rocks of Albion


Printmaker: Blake, William
Engraver: Beatrizet, Nicolas (After)
Painter: Michelangelo Buonarroti (After)



Legal notes

Allocated by H.M. Treasury through the Minister of the Arts, accepted in lieu of capital taxes

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985-04) by Keynes, Sir Geoffrey


Production date: circa AD 1810


Second state, posthumous impression, watermark 1828.

The engraving is after a print attributed to Beatrizet from an unidentified figure in Michelangelo's fresco of the Crucifixion of St Peter in the Pauline Chapel.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Plate Height 254 mm Width 140 mm
Sheet Height 294 mm Width 238 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JOSEPH / of Arimathea / among The Rocks of Albion
  • Location: Image upper right corner
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title
  • Text: Engraved by W Blake 1773 from an old Italian Drawing / This is One of the Gothic Artists who Built the Cathedrals in what we call the Dark Ages / Wandering about in sheep skins & goat skins of whom the World was not worthy / Such were the Christians / in all Ages
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Michael Angelo Pinxit
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.393-1985
Primary reference Number: 669
Bindman: 401
Essick: I 2 F
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Saturday 28 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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