Christ sits on a stone seat in the centre under the branches of a tree.
Christ Blessing the Little Children by William Blake, 1799
- Tempera on canvas
- 25 x 37 cm
- Acquired in:
- Bequeathed by:
- Executors of W. Graham Robertson through The Art Fund
He holds two infants in His arms; others play around Him. To the left is a woman with a child in her arms; to the right a woman kneels, presenting her four children. This work is part of a collection of works by William Blake belonging to the late Graham Robertson and was included in his sale at Christie's in 1949. Graham Robertson, painter, author and theatrical designer, was widely known as a Blake collector. At his death in 1948 he bequeathed 4 Blakes to the Nation; the rest of the collection was to be disposed of by auction. He had, however, left a very considerable estate to be given to charities. This allowed his Executors to instruct the auctioneers that some of the drawings should be acquired for certain museums up to defined limits. In this way 20 works, totalling £40,281 were given by the Executors, through the Art Fund, to 6 public collections.
From the collection of Graham Robertson.