John St John Long The Temptation in the Wilderness 1824

Artwork details

Artist
John St John Long 1798–1834
Title
The Temptation in the Wilderness
Date 1824
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 226 x 317 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1986
Reference
T04169
Not on display

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John St John Long was one of the only two known pupils of John Martin, whose three 'Last Judgement' canvases are displayed above. Long's brief artistic career seems only to have spanned the 1820s. The majority of his pictures were biblical subjects. This example is an illustration of the first temptation in the wilderness when the Devil tries to tempt Christ into turning some stones into loaves of bread.
By 1827, Long had set himself up as a 'doctor' specialising in the cure of consumption. In 1828 he was exposed as a quack, and following the death of two patients between 1830 and 1831, was found guilty of manslaughter. He managed to escape with a fine, and continued to practice as a doctor.

August 2004

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