William Blake Preliminary Sketch for ‘Christ Girding Himself with Strength’. Verso: Standing Figure with One Arm Raised c.1805, c.1805–10

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Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
Preliminary Sketch for ‘Christ Girding Himself with Strength’. Verso: Standing Figure with One Arm Raised
Date c.1805, c.1805–10
Medium Graphite on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 505 x 425 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
Reference
A00043
Not on display

Catalogue entry

A00043 Preliminary Sketch for ‘Christ Girding Himself with Strength’ c. 1805 (recto)
Standing Figure with One Arm Raised c.1805–10(?) (verso)

A 00043 / B 465
Pencil approx, 400×335 (15 5/8×13 1/4) on paper 505×425 (19 1/2×16 7/8); the drawing on the verso is upside down
Inscribed on verso by Frederick Tatham, ‘William Blake slight beginning Frederick Tatham’ b.r.
Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
PROVENANCE
Mrs Blake; Frederick Tatham; his brother-in-law George Richmond, sold Christie's 29 April 1897 (in 147 with 22 other items; see no.2) £2.10.0 bt Dr Richard Sisley; his daughter Mrs John Richmond
LITERATURE
Butlin 1981, p.348 no.465, pls.549 and 550

The recto is a study for the watercolour delivered to Thomas Butts on 12 May 1805 and now in the City Art Gallery, Bristol (Butlin 1981, no.464, pl.551). This is an illustration to Psalms xciii. The figure on the verso is similar in character to those on the backs of A00033, A00049 and A00048.
This work was formerly inventoried as no.3694 XV.


Published in:
Martin Butlin, William Blake 1757-1827, Tate Gallery Collections, V, London 1990

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