George Richmond
Christ and the Woman of Samaria 1828

Artwork details

Artist
George Richmond 1809–1896
Title
Christ and the Woman of Samaria
Date 1828
Medium Tempera and shell gold on mahoghany
Dimensions Support: 410 x 498 mm
frame: 565 x 657 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist's family 1897
Reference
N01492
Not on display

Display caption

Jesus uses his meeting with the Samaritan woman to explain his mission on earth: whoever drinks from the well ‘shall thirst again... but the water that I shall give him shall be … water springing up into everlasting life.’

Richmond used the same blend of gums (Arabic and tragacanth) as Blake used in his temperas. He mixed and blended colours, and produced far more gradations of blue and green than Blake, though with a very similar selection of pigments. Tempera remained an unusual medium among artists for many years after Blake’s death.

August 2004

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