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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