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An Allegory of the Spiritual Condition of Man: PD.27-1949

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Current Location: Gallery 13: William Blake's Universe


An Allegory of the Spiritual Condition of Man


Painter: Blake, William




History note: Thomas Butts (1867-1948); his son, Thomas Butts Jr (d. 1862) and grandson, Captain F.J. Butts (d. 1905); bt from the widow of Captain Butts, through the Carfax Gallery, London, by W. Graham Robertson, 1906; Robertson sale, Christie's, 22 July 1949 (52), bt in by his executors

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Through the National Art Collections Fund.

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


Production date: ? AD 1811

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Support composed of canvas
Canvas Height 153.6 cm Width 123 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Tempera on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P.....d in / ...o by / Wm Blake / (see catalogue for accurate transcription)
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: In gold
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 181(1?)
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: In gold
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: dim

  • Text: 59-401...
  • Location: Verso, on frame
  • Method of creation: White chalk
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.27-1949
Primary reference Number: 773
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 February 2024 Last processed: Tuesday 20 February 2024

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

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