N05199 The Raising of Lazarus
Pencil and watercolour 430×320 (17×12 1/4)
Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E. Carthew 1940
PROVENANCE ?Carfax and Co. by 1906; Miss Carthew, ?after 1914
EXHIBITED ?Carfax 1906 (64); ?Manchester (27), Nottingham (19) and Edinburgh (29) 1914
LITERATURE Butlin 1981, p.357 under no.487
This is a late 19th- or early 20th-century copy of the watercolour painted for Thomas Butts and now in the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums (Butlin 1981, no.487, pl.564). This is an illustration to John, xi, 43–4. The subject is often seen as a prefiguration of the Resurrection and Blake may have painted this watercolour as one of the series of depictions of the Passion. He had already treated this subject in Night Thoughts (Butlin no.330 148, repr. Erdman Night Thoughts 1980).
Martin Butlin, William Blake 1757-1827, Tate Gallery Collections, V, London 1990