George Richmond

Christ and the Woman of Samaria

1828

Artist
George Richmond 1809–1896
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.

Gallery label, August 2004