William BlakeThe Good Farmer, Probably the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. Verso: Rough Sketch of Two or Three Figures in a Landscape c.1780-5

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Artist
William Blake (1757‑1827)
Title
The Good Farmer, Probably the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. Verso: Rough Sketch of Two or Three Figures in a Landscape
Date c.1780-5
MediumInk and watercolour on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 267 x 375 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E. Carthew 1940
Reference
N05198
On display at Tate Britain
Theme: BP Spotlights

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This is one of a group of seven sketches from the 1780s by Blake which all appear to illustrate the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (weeds) from St Matthew's Gospel. Jesus explained:

The field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

This linking of the harvest with the Last Judgement is important in the work of both Blake and Samuel Palmer.

April 2001

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