The Lord Answering Job from the Whirlwind by William Blake

The Almighty God, in a whirlwind of angels, appears to Job, who kneels below in awe.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour
Dimensions:
39 x 33 cm
Acquired in:
1949
Bequeathed by:
Executors of W. Graham Robertson through The Art Fund

Job's wife and the three friends bow their heads to the ground on either side. This watercolour 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.

Provenance

From the collection of Graham Robertson.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

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