Our Lady with the Infant Jesus Riding on a Lamb with St John

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Acquired in 1953 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Blake, William
attributions_note
bibliography
Butlin, Martin. William Blake. exh.cat. Tate Gallery: London, 1978, p. 76, cat. no. 138 The following is the full text of the entry: "138 Our Lady with the Infant Jesus Riding on a Lamb, with St. John1800 Pen and tempera on canvas, 10¾ x 15¼ (27.3 x 38.7). Signed 'WB inv [as monogram] 1800'. Victoria and Albert Museum, London Like the other paintings of the infancy of Christ this is not based on a biblical text, but the subject is a traditional one. Blake follows precedent in including St. John, the bridge between the dispensations of the Old and New Testaments, and in using the symbolism of the lamb, a prefiguration of Christ's sacrifice." Butlin, Martin. The paintings and drawings of William Blake. Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, New Haven; London, 1981, p. 328, cat. no. 409 The following is the full text of the entry: "409 OUR LADY WITH THE INFANT JESUS RIDING ON A LAMB WITH ST. JOHN 1800 The Victoria and Albert Museum (P26-1953) Pen and tempera on canvas 10¾ X 15¼ (27.3 X 38.7). Signed 'WB inv [in monogram] 1800' on tree trunk b.r. Coll: Thomas Butts; Thomas Butts jun., sold Foster's 29 June 1853 (79) 11/- bt. Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, Bt.; General Archibald Stirling; Lt.-Col. William Stirling of Keir, sold 1953 to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Exh: B.F.A.C. 1876 (149); Glasgow 1902 (117); Carfax 1906 (12); Tate Gallery (23) and Manchester (19) 1913-14; B.F.A.C. 1927 (18, repr. pl. 14); Paris, Antwerp (repr. pl, 8), Zurich and Tate Gallery (repr.) 1947 (13); Arts Council 1951 (19, repr. pl. 5); Santa Barbara 1976 (98; 78, repr.); Bible Victoria and Albert Museum 1977-8 (76); Tate Gallery 1978 (138, repr. in colour). Lit: Rossetti 1863, p. 230 no. 186, and 1880, p. 243 no. 212; Keynes Bible 1957, p. 30 no. 100, repr.; Blunt 1959, p. 66; Miner in Rosenfeld 1969, p. 290; Bindman 1977, pp. 123, 127, 129. Repr: Figgis 1925, pl. 41 in colour. Restored by Dr. John Hell in 1953-4." W. M. Rossetti, "Annotated Catalogue" in A. Gilchrist Life of William Blake, 2 vols, 1863, II, p.230, no.186. W. M. Rossetti, "Annotated Catalogue" in A. Gilchrist Life of William Blake, 2 vols, 1880 (enlarged edition), II, p.243, no.212. G.keynes, William Blake's Illustrations to the Bible, 1957, p.30, no.100, repr. Blunt, A. The Art of William Blake, 1959, p.66 P. Miner "Visions in the Darksom Air: Aspects of Blake's Biblical sumbolism", in A. H. Rosenfeld (ed.) William Blake: Essays for S. Foster Damon, 1969, p.290. Bindman, D., Blake as an Artist 1977, pp.123, 127, 129. Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963 The full text of the entry is as follows: "BLAKE, William (1757-1827) R.=Rossetti, W. M.: 'Annotated Lists of Blake's Paintings, Drawings and Engravings' in Volume 2 of The Life of William Blake by Alexander Gilchrist. London, 1863. ... The Christ Child riding on a Lamb. (R.186) Signed and dated W B inv 1800. Tempera on canvas. P.26-1953 Note: P.26-1953 was previously in the collections of Thomas Butts, Thomas Butts, Junior, Sir William Stirling Maxwell, General Archibald Stirling and Lt.-Col. William Stirling. It was No.13 at the Blake exhibition held at the René Drouin Gallery, Paris, and elsewhere, in 1947, and No.19 in the exhibition 'The Tempera Paintings of William Blake', organized by the William Blake Trust and the Arts Council in 1951."
collection_code
PDP
credit
date_end
1800-12-31
date_start
1800-01-01
date_text
1800 (painted)
descriptive_line
Tempera painting entitled 'Our Lady with the Infant Jesus Riding on a Lamb with St John' by William Blake. Great Britain, 1800.
dimensions
Height: 27.3 cm estimate, Width: 38.7 cm estimate
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
William Blake (Tate 01/01/1978-31/12/1978) The Bible in British Art (Victoria & Albert Museum 01/01/1977-31/12/1978) Blake in the Art of his Time (University of California, Los Angeles 01/01/1976-31/12/1976) The Tempera Paintings of William Blake (Arts Council 01/01/1951-31/12/1951) William Blake (1857-1827) (Galerie Rene Drouin, Paris 01/01/1947-31/12/1947) William Blake (1857-1827) (Galerie Rene Drouin, Paris 01/01/1947-31/12/1947) William Blake (1857-1827) (Musee Royal des Beaux Arts, Antwerp 01/01/2014-31/12/2014) William Blake (1857-1827) (Galerie Rene Drouin, Paris 01/01/1947-31/12/1947) Blake Centenary Exhibition (Burlington Fine Arts Club 01/01/1927-31/12/1927) Works by William Blake (Tate 01/01/1913-31/12/1914) Frescoes, Prints and Drawings by William Blake (Carfax & Co. 01/01/1906-31/12/1906) Pictures by French and British Artists of the 18th Century (Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum 01/01/1902-31/12/1902) The Works of William Blake (Burlington Fine Arts Club 01/01/1876-31/12/1876)
gallery
Paintings, room 82
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Purchased, 1953 Thomas Butts; Thomas Butts jnr.; SIr William Stirling Maxwell; General Archibald Stirling; sold to the V&A by Lt.-Col. William Stirling of Kier.
id
14292
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T20:13:41.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T20:13:41.000Z
latitude
54.313919
location
Paintings, room 82, case SOUTH WALL
longitude
-2.23218
marks
materials
canvas, pen, tempera
materials_techniques
pen and tempera on canvas
museum_number
P.26-1953
museum_number_token
p261953
object_number
O80679
object_type
Tempera painting
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Landscape format painting with the predominant colours being green and yellow, depicting a woman steadying a child who is riding a sheep, with another child leading.
place
Great Britain
primary_image_id
2006AG3522
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This is one of many works that Blake painted for his principal patron, the clerk Thomas Butts. The subject of the Virgin and Child with the youthful St John the Baptist first appeared during the 1470s. The lamb is a symbol of Jesus's later sacrifice.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
our-lady-with-the-infant-tempera-painting-blake-william
sys_updated
2014-08-21T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
drawing, painting
title
Our Lady with the Infant Jesus Riding on a Lamb with St John
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1800
year_start
1800