God Judging Adam

William Blake (British, London 1757–1827 London)

ca. 1795
Color relief print with pen and ink and watercolor
sheet: 16 3/4 x 20 3/4in. (42.5 x 52.7cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed lower left: Fresco. WBlake inv

  • Provenance

    Catherine Blake (British, 1762–1831); Frederick Tatham (British, 1805–1878); Joseph Hogarth (active London, 1840–1860), offered ca. 1843 through George Richmond to the following; John Ruskin (British, London 1819–1900 Brantwood, Cumbria); Mrs. Alexander Gilchrist, by 1863; James S. Inglis (British (born Scotland), 1852–1907), New York, by 1892; Mrs. Louise Inglis, Princeton, sold 1916 to MMA; Vendor: Mrs. Louise Inglis

  • Exhibition History

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

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    Butlin 1981.295

  • References

    John Ruskin The Works of John Ruskin. Sir Edward Tyas Cook, Alexander D. O. Wedderburn, 1909, pp. 32-3 (vol. 36).

    William Michael Rossetti The Rossetti Papers, 1862–1870. 1903, pp. 16-17.

    The Works of William Blake. Ex. cat. Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1876, cat. no. 101.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Drawings, Water Colors, and Engravings by William Blake. Ex. cat. June 1880, cat. no. 16.

    Blake Centenary Exhibition. Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1927, cat. no. 8, p. 20 (discusses other versions but not MMA version).

    Archibald G. B. Russell Catalogue of Loan Exhibition of Works by William Blake Ex. cat. National Gallery of British Art, October-December, 1913, cat. no. 14, pp. 14-15.

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Examples of the English Pre-Raphaelite School of Painters...together with a Collection of the Works of William Blake. Ex. cat. December, 1892, cat. no. 205.

    Martin Butlin "The Bicentenary of William Blake" The Burlington Magazine. vol. 100, February 1958, fig. no. 4 (p. 45), p. 42.

    Martin Butlin William Blake Ex. cat., 9 March–21 May. Tate Gallery, London, 1978, cat. no. 88, ill.

    Geoffrey Keynes, George Goyder William Blake's Illustrations to the Bible. William Blake Trust, Clairvaux, 1957, cat. no. 65b, p. 18.

    Martin Butlin "God Judging Adam" Rediscovered." The Burlington Magazine. 1965, 86-89.

    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. 23, pp. 209-10.

    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. 21, p. 203.

    Martin Butlin The Paintings and Drawings of William Blake. Yale University Press, 2 vols., New Haven, 1981, cat. no. 295, fig. no. 385 (vol.2), pp. 161-2.

  • See also