Ruth the Dutiful Daughter in Law by William Blake

A tall figure with outstretched arms is embraced by her daughter.

Details

Medium:
Watercolour
Dimensions:
41 x 34 cm
Acquired in:
1949
Bequeathed by:
Executors of W. Graham Robertson through The Art Fund

Orpah, a slender figure in a pink dress, turns away to the right along a road which winds away into the distance. The work is pale and silvery in tone. 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

Southampton City Art Gallery Civic Centre, SOUTHAMPTON Hampshire SO14 7LP 023 8083 2277 www.southampton.gov.uk/art

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