T02106 Recto STUDY FOR ‘CONSULTING THE ORACLE’ c. 1884
Verso TWO STUDIES: (a) FOR THE SAME COMPOSITION (b) A PRIESTESS ON A TRIPOD THRONE
Recto Grey and brown wash heightened with white, 4 7/8 × 9 5/8 (12.4 × 24.5), on paper same size, edges uneven
Verso Pen and ink, (a) 2 7/8 × 4 7/8 (7.4 × 12.4); (b) 4 7/8 × 6 3/4 (12.4 × 17.1)
Purchased from Abbott and Holder (Grant-in-Aid) 1977
Studies, recto and verso (a), for the painting (47 × 78in) exhibited at the RA in 1884 (559), purchased by Sir (then Mr) Henry Tate, included in his founding gift to the Tate Gallery in 1894 and now N01541 in the collection.
Waterhouse exhibited the painting with the following note: ‘“The Oracle or Teraph was a human head, cured with spices, which was fixed against the wall, and lamps being lit before it and other rites performed, the imagination of diviners was so excited that they supposed that they heard a low voice speaking future events…