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The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

William Blake (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Date:
ca. 1799–1800
Medium:
Watercolor, pen and black ink over graphite
Dimensions:
14-1/8 x 13-1/16 in. (36 x 33.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.81.2
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed with monogram at lower right in ink: "WB inv"

    Inscription: inscribed on verso: "Matt. 25 Ch. v. 9"

  • Provenance

    Thomas Butts (British, 1757–1845); Thomas Butts Jr., sold at the following; Sotheby's, London, March 26, 1852, lot 165; Henry George Bohn (British, London 1796–1884 Twickenham), purchased at the preceding; Benjamin Godfrey Windus (British, 1790–1867); Mrs. J. K de Putron, daughter of the preceding, by 1863, sold at the following; Christie's, London, March 16, 1912, lot 4; Frank T. Sabin (London), bought at the preceding; Vendor: Frank T. Sabin (London)

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 10, 2006–July 9, 2006.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 4, 2011–June 12, 2011.

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    Butlin 1981.478

  • References

    William Blake The Letters of William Blake. Geoffrey Keynes, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1968, p. 117.

    John Beer Blake's Humanism. Manchester University Press, Barnes and Noble, 1968, pp. 294-5.

    Joseph Wicksteed Blake's Vision of the Book of Job. 2nd ed., revised and enlarged. 1924, cat. no. 2, p. 124.

    Sir Anthony Blunt The Art of William Blake. 1959, p. 73.

    Archibald G. B. Russell Catalogue of Loan Exhibition of Works by William Blake Ex. cat. National Gallery of British Art, October-December, 1913, mentioned, not exhibited, p. 20.

    Blake Centenary Exhibition. Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1927, p. 28 (MMA version mentioned, not exh.).

    G. E. Bentley Blake Records. Oxford, 1969, pp. 571-2.

    G. E. Bentley Blake Records, Second Edition: Documents (1714-1841) Concerning the Life of William Blake (1757-1827) and his Family; Incorporating "Blake Records" (1969), "Blake Records Supplement" (1988), and Extensive Discoveries since 1988. Yale University Press, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2nd ed. revised and enlarged. New Haven and London, 2004, p. 764.

    David Bindman William Blake: Catalogue of the Collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Fitzwilliam Museum, W. Heffer and Sons Ltd., 1970, p. 45.

    Martin Butlin William Blake (1757-1827): A Catalogue of the Works of William Blake in the Tate Gallery. Tate Gallery, London, 1957, p. 52.

    Geoffrey Keynes, George Goyder William Blake's Illustrations to the Bible. William Blake Trust, Clairvaux, 1957, cat. no. 130a, p. 38.

    Martin Butlin William Blake Ex. cat., 9 March–21 May. Tate Gallery, London, 1978, cat. no. 172, pp. 90-91, ill.

    William Michael Rossetti "Annotated Catalogue of Blake's Pictures and Drawings." in Life of William Blake. Edited by Alexander Gilchrist, vol. 2, London, 1863, cat. no. 64, 194, pp. 208, 231.

    William Michael Rossetti "Annotated Catalogue of Blake's Pictures and Drawings." in Life of WIlliam Blake. Edited by Alexander Gilchrist, vol. 2, 2nd enlarged ed. London, 1880, cat. no. 70, p. 216.

    William Blake, 1757–1827: A Descriptive Catalogue of An Exhibition of the Works of William Blake Selected from Collections in the United States Ex. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1939, cat. no. 168, p. 119.

    Martin Butlin The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake. Yale University Press, 2 vols., New Haven, 1981, cat. no. 478, fig. no. 566 (vol.2), p. 354.

    Walter Mehring European Drawings from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Portfolio of Collotype Reproductions [Vol. 1: Italian Drawings; Vol. 2: Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings; Vol. 3: "New Series": Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3 vols., New York, 1942-1944, cat. no. 66 (vol.2), fig. no. 66.

    Edward Fenton "Word Becomes Image." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 13, no. 8, New York, April 1955, p. 249, ill.

    Jacob Bean 100 European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Graphic Society, New York, 1964, cat. no. 100, ill.



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