William Blake
The Blasphemer c.1800

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William Blake 1757–1827
The Blasphemer
Date c.1800
Medium Ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Frame: 660 x 580 x 22 mm
support: 384 x 340 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E. Carthew 1940
Not on display

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This powerful watercolour illustrates lines from Leviticus in the Old Testament. It shows the son of an Israelite woman being stoned for blasphemy. God had told Moses that anyone who ‘blasphemeth the name of the Lord... shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him.’

This picture was one of a group of 135 drawings and paintings of biblical subjects by Blake, commissioned by his most loyal patron, Thomas Butts.

September 2004

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