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There is a painting on each side of this work. Both were made on the same evening during one of Bomberg’s classes at Borough Polytechnic. Michelmore, one of his students, started both from the same model and Bomberg took over. In this image, the teacher added the hair and started the white sheet at the bottom. The background (top right) shows how he encouraged students at the end of the evening to clean excess paint onto the board to make the image appear more complete.

Though the model was female, the title suggests the limp body of the dead Christ.

September 2004