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Head of Job: PD.169-1985

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Current Location: In storage


Head of Job


Draughtsman: Blake, William (Attributed to)




History note: John Linnell, sold Christie's, 15 March 1918 (part of lot 165), bt. Parsons, offered catalogue 282, June 1918 (458) sold 918 to Geoffrey Keynes

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Accepted by H.M. Treasury and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum through the Minister of the Arts, in lieu of capital taxes

Measurements and weight

Height: 314 mm
Width: 200 mm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Developed from the sketch in the Blake-Varley Sketchbook (Butlin 692.92) in the Collection of Professor Robert Halsband, New York. Lindberg (Job, 1973) notes a resemblance to the head of Ezekiel in the large print of c. 1786 and suggests it may be a study for this. The style and relationship to the drawing in the Blake-Varley Sketchbook support Keynes late dating c. 1819-20, though, as Butlin notes, not necessarily his linking of it with Blake's illustrations to the Book of Job.

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Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Graphite on paper

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.169-1985
Primary reference Number: 8865
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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