William Blake Christ Blessing the Little Children 1799

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Artwork details

Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
Christ Blessing the Little Children
Date 1799
Medium Tempera on canvas
Dimensions Support: 260 x 375 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the executors of W. Graham Robertson through the Art Fund 1949
Reference
N05893
Not on display

Display caption

This painting is from of a group of fifty illustrations to the Bible commissioned by Blake's patron, Thomas Butts. Its subject is taken from chapter 10 of St Mark's Gospel. Christ, seated beneath a spreading tree, blesses children brought to him while he was preaching. To the left is one of his disciples, who tries to send the children away. Christ tells the disciples:

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God... Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

August 2004

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